you're reading...
Logic & Scientific Philosophy

Teenagers are bad influences

All teenagers are bad influences,
I am a teenager,
Therefore, I am a bad influence.
X (Teenagers) Y (Bad Infleunces) A (Me)
X is YA is X, therefore, A is Y.
The form is valid because of the way that it is presented. A stereotype of “all teenagers being bad influences” is clearly not correct, but the statement that “I am a teenager” is correct. The reason I chose the stereotype “all teenagers are bad influences” is because if an elderly person looks down on a specific teenager and sees something among the lines of being a bad influences, the stereotype will commonly spread to the rest of teenagers, causing others to look down on you. Although this form is valid, the premises in it aren’t factually correct, because of what I said. Y (Bad Influences) is a stereotype and isn’t 100% correct, but A (Me) being X (A Teenager) is factually correct. This form isn’t sound because the premises I used are both not 100%, only one of them is. In order for a form to be sound, both premises must be completely correct and make up to a valid argument.



No comments yet.

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: