Each of the following passages may be plausibly criticized by some who conclude that it contains a

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Each of the following passages may be plausibly criticized by some who conclude that it contains a fallacy, but each may be defended by some who deny that the argument is fallacious. Discuss the merits of the argument in each passage, and explain why you conclude that it does (or does not) contain a fallacy.


The only proof capable of being given that an object is visible, is that people actually see it. The only proof that a sound is audible, is that people hear it: and so of the other sources of our experience. In like manner, I apprehend, the sole evidence it is possible to produce that anything is desirable, is that people actually desire it.

—John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism , 1863

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Introduction To Logic

ISBN: 9781138500860

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Authors: Irving M. Copi, Carl Cohen, Victor Rodych

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