PROMPT #1: ARGUMENT PROMPT. Consider the following argument:

Validity is of no importance. An argument can have false premises and still be valid. In fact, it can have false premises and a false conclusion, yet still be valid. Therefore, there is no connection between truth and validity. Thus, validity is irrelevant to truth and therefore to philosophical inquiry.

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London Merced Perkins Sep 24, 2021 at 3:47 AM Validity is of importance. Validity is one of the two requirements for an argument to be considered deductive and sound. However, the argument of no connection between truth and validity is correct. Truth is only necessary for soundness, and an argument is allowed to be valid but not sound. The purpose of validity is to ensure the premise and conclusion work together. You cannot have a true premise and a false conclusion or vise versa, so it is still relevant to philosophical inquiry. Reply AY Autumn Yang Sep 27, 2021 at 3:54 AM I agree with the statement that validity is of importance. Validity is one of the biggest factors for a sound argument. Therefore if the argument is not valid and comes from false premises, it will not have a sound argument and the conclusion will not fit. However, if an argument has some false premises but they are valid, the conclusion may be true. I also agree that there is no connection between truth and validity. Yichao Lin Sep 27, 2021 at 5:12 AM Validity is important even with an argument that contains false premises and false a conclusion. While on the surface such an argument is not connected to truth, it can still be used as an example for a truthful point. For example, in Philosophy 1, I wrote an essay about getting rid of the concept of race. I made a truthful premise of one’s appearance is one of the ways of knowing one’s race, then I made a false premise of imagined a fictional world where races are only distinguishable by government-issued badges, which lead me to a false conclusion of getting rid of race in this fictional world will end racism. But, because in real-world people of different race generally has the different appearance, getting rid of the concept of race will not end racism, and I support my argument about a truthful matter using a false yet valid argument. Reply Xiaoshuai Yuan Sep 27, 2021 at 2:24 PM Hi Yichao, 1 I agree with your point that the validity is of importance even with the false nromicas and folcaronclusion Crom London Merced Perkins Sep 24, 2021 at 3:47 AM Validity is of importance. Validity is one of the two requirements for an argument to be considered deductive and sound. However, the argument of no connection between truth and validity is correct. Truth is only necessary for soundness, and an argument is allowed to be valid but not sound. The purpose of validity is to ensure the premise and conclusion work together. You cannot have a true premise and a false conclusion or vise versa, so it is still relevant to philosophical inquiry. Reply AY Autumn Yang Sep 27, 2021 at 3:54 AM I agree with the statement that validity is of importance. Validity is one of the biggest factors for a sound argument. Therefore if the argument is not valid and comes from false premises, it will not have a sound argument and the conclusion will not fit. However, if an argument has some false premises but they are valid, the conclusion may be true. I also agree that there is no connection between truth and validity. Jasmine Lee Aguilar (She/Her) Sep 27, 2021 at 9:25 AM Although it is correct that an argument can have false premises and be valid and/or have false premises and a false conclusion and still be valid, I believe there is a connection between truth and validity. We can argue that soundness is what matters in relation to truth because a sound argument needs to be valid, all of the premises have to be true, and the conclusion must be true. Yet, validity of importance in relation to truth because “if the premises are not true to begin with, then even a valid argument cannot ensure the conclusion is true”(Cornman, p. 13). Reply Jennifer Morabe Cherney Sep 28, 2021 at 3:12 AM Hi Jasmine! I understand where you’re coming from when discussing that validity is of importance in relation to truth. However, I have a different perspective in consideration when it comes to evaluating deductive arguments. I believe that the existence of validity and soundness rely on one another in order to form a logical argument, however, that doesn’t take away from the fact that an argument’s

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