Logical Gal spots same premise but different conclusion

2 Dec

It’s just a dog!

One married couple:

  • Shared major premise
  • Different minor premises that each contained the idea, ” It’s just a dog!” 

= opposing conclusions

= marital spat

We’re faced with our old friend, the enthymeme.

An enthymeme is the articulated part of a whole syllogism whose other premises are implicit and  unarticulated, but very much present and influential!

His argument went like this:

You should grant me my small, minor requests that are important to me

This particular small, minor request regards getting rid of JUST a dog

Therefore,  you should get rid of the dog!

Her argument went like this:

You should grant me my small, minor requests that are important to me

This particular small, minor request regards living with JUST a dog

Therefore, you should get used to living with the dog

Whose desires prevailed?  Let’s just say they are still married and learned a lot from navigating the small but important issues in a covenant relationship!

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