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Enthymemes and Syllogisms

Identify an example of an enthymeme you encountered this week in the media or in a conversation.
- Create a syllogism based on the enthymeme.
- Determine whether the syllogism is valid or invalid and explain why.
- If invalid, identify the reasoning error that is present in the syllogism

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to show an example of a daily enthymeme. I suggest making it simple using this outline:

1. On enthymemes and syllogisms - 100 words
2. Example - 100 words
3. Validity/invalidity - 100 words

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According to Burton (n.d.), "the enthymeme is sometimes defined as a "truncated syllogism" since either the major or minor premise found in that more formal method of reasoning is left implied. The enthymeme typically occurs as a conclusion coupled with a reason." He also explains (Burton, n.d.) that enthymemes are a "figure of speech which bases a conclusion on the truth of its contrary." A syllogism meanwhile is an argument (ASC, n.d.), " that contains three parts: a ...

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