A few days ago

deductive/inductive logic?

Your child is trying to prove that she did not steal chocolate chip cookies from the cookie jar, heres her argument: “There are no chocolate stains on my hands, so I couldn’t have stolen the cookies.”

1) Does this example require deductive or inductive logic?

2) What are the premises?

3) Are the premises stated or unstated?

4) What is the argument’s conclusion?

5) In your opinion, is this a convincing argument? Why or why not?

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A few days ago

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1. inductive

2/3. premise 1) chocolate chip cookies stains your hands if you take them (unstated)

premise 2) there are no chocolate stains on my hands (stated)

4. “I couldn’t have stolen the cookies

5. yes, because the conclusion is the logical consequence of the two premises


A few days ago
I’ll give this a shot; it’s inductive reasoning, the premise being that chocolate stains are necessarily the result of stealing the cookies, the premise is stated, the conclusion is “I couldn’t have stolen the cookies” and it is not a convincing argument, because she could have washed her hands.