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Four Test of Argument's Worthiness.

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Choose an argument and apply the following tests:
1. Test of Truthfulness: The reason is true in each of its premises, explicit and implicit.
2. Test of Logical Strength: If the reason were true, then the conclusion (claim) would be true or very probably true.
3. Test of Relevance: The truth of the claim depends on the truth of the reason.
4. Test of Non-Circularity: The truth of the reason does not depend on the truth of the claim

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President Obama's statement "You didn't build that" enraged small business owners in particular as they felt miffed to think that the government offered a helping hand in building their business. Others, readily agreed with Obama, as he pointed out the country's infrastructure that supplied roads to reach businesses. I am not polarized on this subject, as most Americans are, however, I do have definite views on the subject. President Obama (2012) states that "if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own, that it is not enough to be smart or work hard. I agree that being smart or hardworking is not enough. It takes a combination of both, as well as a dollop of luck to succeed. In addition, it is true that each accomplishment that is made stands upon the shoulders of other accomplishments. The existence of the Internet allows apps, online ...

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This solution applies the four tests of an argument, truthfulness, logical strength, relevance, non-circularity to an example and tests its' worthiness. APA reference is included.

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Here are tests for an argument:
1. Test of Truthfulness of the Premises - The reason is true in each of its premises, explicit and implicit.
2. Test of Logical Strength - If the reason were true, then the conclusion (claim) would be true or very probably true.
3. Test of Relevance - The truth of the claim depends on the truth of the reason.
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