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Negation Test for Flaw and other Kinds of Q's

youbbyunyoubbyun Alum Member
in Logical Reasoning 1755 karma

Hey all,

I know for many question stems, especially flaw Q's, the answer choices begins with "takes for granted."

For these type of answer choices, can we apply the negation test and see if it destroys the argument? The question type is not a strict "Necessary Assumption" question, but the answer choices are phrased as "Takes for granted"/assumptions, so can we treat them as similar to how we treat a necessary assumption answer choice -- and negate them?



  • Kermit750Kermit750 Alum Member
    edited May 2018 2124 karma

    For flaw questions, when an answer choice states that the argument 'takes for granted that...' It basically means that 'the argument assumed...' so we can't negate.

    This is a very different question type from the necessary assumption type so we can't apply the negation test to it. To my knowledge, the only question type we can apply the negation test to is the necessary assumption.

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