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2.10 Summary
 
Key Points

 
New Concepts

A premise is a claim which is part of a reason or an objection.

Co-premises: Two premises within a single reason or objection are co-premises in relation to each other.

The Golden Rule: Every simple argument has at least two co-premises.

A hidden premise is a co-premise which is not actually stated when an argument is presented.

The Rabbit Rule: every significant word, phrase or concept appearing in the contention of a simple argument must also appear in one of the premises.

The Holding Hands Rule: every significant word, phrase or concept appearing in a premise of a simple argument but not in the contention must also appear in some other premise of that simple argument.

The No Danglers Rule: every significant word, phrase or concept appearing in one claim (contention or premise) of a simple argument must also appear in another claim.

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