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Superman is Superwoman – Tyler

Ladies and gentlemen, I am here today to present to you the idea: Superman is Superwoman.
Here are my premises, and the conclusion that rises from these premises.

Form used
Superman is a superhero                                                 X is Y
Superwoman is a superhero                                            Z is Y

/ Superman is Superwoman                                             / X is Z

Before you start arguing about how this argument is invalid, let’s look into the meaning of validity.

Validity, discussed in class, depends fully on the form; if the form is correct, then the arguement is valid. As you can see from the form that is to the right of the arguement, the arguement is valid.

Now, the question is, is it factually correct?

Since we don’t know whether Superman or Superwoman truly exists, we can’t say for sure if the premises are factually correct. So, whether the arguement is sound or not cannot be proven until we can be sure that Superman/Superwoman exists.

Therefore, nobody can argue that this arguement is flawed, because nobody can prove whether or not superman/woman exists.



2 thoughts on “Superman is Superwoman – Tyler

  1. Except (!) ,Tyler, all that either of your premises establish is that either Superman or Superwoman are, themselves, superheroes. You would need to include a more general article (grammatically speaking) in one of your premises (and perhaps change the order of your terms in the other) for the conclusion to be valid; otherwise, your conclusion doesn’t necessarily follow from the premises as they are written here.

    For example:

    Some superheroes are Superman
    SuperWoman is a superhero
    / Superwoman is Superman

    Do you see the difference? There is an example of a similar flaw in Lazar’s argument here: https://talonsphilosophy.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/sheldons-logic-lazar/

    I wrote the following on his post: “While it might seem a critique of content rather than form, in the form that is language, one thing cannot be another; in other words, a car is a car and not a truck; Richard Feynman is himself and no one else.” Similarly, Superman being a superhero means *only* that he is a superhero, nothing more.

    Nice work though – I think a little edit would make this a completely valid argument (even if it may not be true)!

    Mr. J

    Posted by bryanjack | September 27, 2013, 9:49 pm
  2. The question whether Superman is a man or not is totally up to the author of the character, but as we all know, throughout the comics and all other content related to superman, he is portrayed as a male figure (a fairly stereotypical one too) intentionally done by the author

    Posted by iulianpalade | October 3, 2013, 6:04 pm

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