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Can someone quickly explain to me what the difference between

JimminyCricketJimminyCricket Alum Member
edited October 2014 in General 16 karma
A premise and a general principle?

I just think of a general principle as a state set of beliefs? But I am not sure, and sometimes mix the premise and principle up in a question, although I treat them both as a premise.


  • lacomedialacomedia Alum Member
    6 karma
    I might not be right but I think it is always good to return to the whole concept of a premise and conclusion. In the sense that a premise is there to support a conclusion. But a general principle might just be context and not necessarily have anything to do with the argument.

    Premise + Conclusion= Argument.

    I hope this helps.
  • LSATislandLSATisland Inactive Sage
    1878 karma
    Yup. Premise supports a conclusion. That is an argument: using the premise(s) to conclude something.

    For example:

    Premise #1: I am hungry.
    Premise #2: Look, there are some granola bars.
    Conclusion: I should eat the granola bars.

    A principle is a rule. An LSAT question may ask you to apply a rule to particular facts, or to justify the principle.

    Feel free to PM me for more assistance.
  • harrismeganharrismegan Legacy Member
    2074 karma
    A premise supports a conclusion.

    Conclusion: I like bunnies
    Premise: Because bunnies are soft. I like soft things.

    A principle is kind of like..... something that can be said broadly.

    Becky was running with a knife and she fell and killed her friend Jimmy by accident.
    Principle: You should not run with sharp objects.

    That's how I view it anyways. There might be a specific situation, and then you'll pull something more general out of it. And I believe 7sage mentions that principles describe human behaviour on the LSAT, most often.
  • mimimimimimimimi Member
    368 karma
    i always thought a principle is under xx condition, one should do yy.
  • JimminyCricketJimminyCricket Alum Member
    16 karma
    thanks everyone!
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