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Homework Help: CRT/205 Final

Posted by Linda on Friday, October 16, 2009 at 1:15am.

I have two separate arguments and I am wondering if these answers are appropriate for the questions

1. State one argument made by the author.
“Adoption should be advocated as an alternative to abortion for women experiencing an unwanted pregnancy” McFadden states, “Although the media have publicized negative reports about adoption, many childless couples would make excellent parents for unwanted children.” “Giving up a child for adoption is difficult but more ethical than choosing to abort a fetus.”

Identify the premises and conclusion of the argument.

Premise: “Although the media have publicized negative reports about adoption, many childless couples would make excellent parents for unwanted children.” Premise: “Giving up a child for adoption is difficult but more ethical than choosing to abort a fetus.” Conclusion: “Adoption should be advocated as an alternative to abortion for women experiencing an unwanted pregnancy”


Is the author’s argument valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak? Explain how you determined this.

I believe the author’s argument is valid, although I don’t think it can be considered sound because one of the premises is based on ethical or moral reasoning. I think this is not a strong argument because the “ethics” of abortion is subjective and cannot be proven as true.

2. State one argument made by the author.

“I can't be the only person who has noticed that the same Administration that supports the family cap—the denial of a modest benefit increase to women who conceive an additional child while on welfare—is about to bestow on all but the richest families a $5,000 tax credit to defray the costs of adoption. Thus, the New Jersey baby who is deemed unworthy of $64 a month, or $768 a year, in government support if he stays in his family of origin immediately becomes six times more valuable once he joins a supposedly better-ordered household.

Identify the premises and conclusion of the argument

Premises: I can't be the only person who has noticed that the same Administration that supports the family cap—the denial of a modest benefit increase to women who conceive an additional child while on welfare—is about to bestow on all but the richest families a $5,000 tax credit to defray the costs of adoption. Conclusion: “Thus, the New Jersey baby who is deemed unworthy of $64 a month, or $768 a year, in government support if he stays in his family of origin immediately becomes six times more valuable once he joins a supposedly better-ordered household.”

Is the author’s argument valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak? Explain how you determined this.

I think this is a valid and strong argument, as the author uses facts to support the conclusion that are true. I am uncertain whether it would be considered sound because I am thinking the conclusion subjective and is not necessarily true.

I really need some guidance on this please!

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