The 'Most Important and Fundamental' Distinction in Logic

Informal Logic 22 (1) (2002)
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In this paper I argue that the debate over the purported distinction between deductive and inductive arguments can be bypassed because making the distinction is unnecessary for successfully evaluating arguments. I provide a foundation for doing logic that makes no appeal to the distinction and still performs all the relevant tasks required of an analysis of arguments. I also reply to objections to the view that we can dispense with the distinction. Finally, I conclude that the distinction between inductive and deductive arguments is not one of the most important and fundamental ideas in logic, but rather is unnecessary

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A Concise Introduction to Logic.Patrick Hurley - 1982 - Belmont, CA, USA: Wadsworth.
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