Zoog worships Zeus

Determine whether each argument is valid.

1. Zoog worships Zeus. If Zoog had studied the teaching of the Mayan God Kukulkan the Feathered Serpent, he would not have worshiped Zeus. So Zoog has not studied the teaching of the Mayan God Kukulkan the Feathered Serpent.

2. Either the workers control the means of production or they will be exploited. The workers do not control the means of production. Therefore, they will be exploited.

3. If some cultures are objectively better than others, then it would be possible to have a rational debate about which cultures are better. No culture is objectively better than any other culture. Therefore, it is not possible to have a rational debate about which cultures are better.

4. If an action harms a person, then it is morally wrong. Eating steaks does not harm any person. Therefore eating steaks is not morally wrong.

5. No one has proved that leprechauns don’t exist. Therefore, it is OK to believe that leprechauns exist.

6. The standard anti-abortion argument is invalid unless killing a person is always morally wrong. There are situations where killing a person is not morally wrong. Therefore, the standard antiabortion argument is invalid.

7. Bob says that there is an invisible dragon in his garage. Bob never lies. So there is an invisible dragon in his garage. 14. Eric does not act like an innocent man. Eric must be guilty.

8. If tax cuts are good for the economy, unemployment would drop in the first quarter. Unemployment dropped in the first quarter. Therefore, tax cuts are good for the economy.

9. If someone—or some intelligence, whatever it is—can accurately predict everything I will do for the rest of my life, then I do not have free will. God can accurately predict everything I will do for the rest of my life. Therefore I do not have free will.

10. Some philosophers are absent-minded. Some teachers are philosophers. Therefore some absentminded people are teachers.

 

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