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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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To be clear, I need help finding and translating all of the syllogisms (2 premises, 1 conclusion) in the text (also including potential enthymemes, sorities, and epicheiremas and other informal syllogisms) into logical format using A, E, I or O propositions.
Ex. All [subject] is [predicate] (A), No [subject] is [predicate] (E), Some [subject] is [predicate] (I), Some [subject] is not [predicate] (O).

The specific text used for the class simulation is: http://www.newadvent.org/summa/2002.htm (all 8 articles).

Article 1: Whether man's happiness consists in wealth?
All men share the same ultimate purpose which is to be happy.

Wealth is the thing that has the greatest hold on man's happiness.

All things obey money.

All men are made happy by acquiring wealth

All happiness is equal to the sum of the good things you have.

Money is the way to acquire things (stuff/possessions)

All men experience an insatiable desire to be happy

All men experience an insatiable desire to be happy

No covetous man (poor man) will be satisfied by riches.

Happiness consists in wealth.

All men experience the good life by hanging on to happiness.

No men experience the good life by spreading happiness.

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