Week 4 Discussion: Distinguishing Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

Details: Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: Facione, P. A., & Gittens, C. A. (2014). Think critically. Chapter 8, 9, 17 (Introduction)

Initial Post Instructions

For the initial post, address the following:

Find and post examples of deductive and inductive arguments. Do NOT use an argument example that clearly indicates it is an example of an inductive/deductive argument.

For each example, evaluate its logical strength, using the concepts and ideas presented in the textbook readings, the lesson, and any other source you find that helps you to evaluate the validity (deductive) or strength (inductive) of the argument. You can use examples from the text, or you can find examples elsewhere.

Editorials and opinion columns are a good source, as are letters to the editor. Blogs will also often be based on arguments.
Use mapping and evaluative techniques to make sure it is an argument.

Is it inductive or deductive? Explain why.
Does it pass the tests of validity and strength? Explain.

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