Testing Strength of Arguments
STATEMENT : Should articles of only deserving authors be allowed to be published?
ARGUMENTS : I. Yes. It will save a lot of paper which is in short supply.
II. No. It is not possible to draw a line between the deserving and the undeserving.
|A||if only assumption I is implicit|
|B||if only assumption II is implicit;|
|C||if either I or II is implicit|
|D||if neither I nor II is implicit|
|E||if both I and II are implicit.|
(i) Weak: It is based on a weak opinion of saving paper having no relation to the statement.
(ii) Weak: It is an extreme argument. It might be difficult to draw a line between deserving an undeserving but not “impossible” as quoted in the argument. Hence cannot be generally accepted.