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Philosophy 103: Introduction to Logic


Quiz: Varieties of Disagreement

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VARIETIES OF DISAGREEMENT ANSWERS

Directions: In each of the following disputes (1) state the fact at issue, (2) identify the emotive significance as being positive, neutral, or negative, (3) identify the kinds of agreement or disagreement present, and (4) tell how the dispute might best be resolved.

  1. John: The Reds were stopped cold after a meager five mile advance.
    Mary: The Russian comrades gloriously pushed forward five miles into hostile territory.

    Fact at issue: 

    John’s emotive significance: 

    Mary’s emotive significance: 

    Belief: 

    Attitude: 

    How best resolved: 


  2. John: The Red communists carried poisons, anti-tank grenades, and missiles.
    Mary: The friendly Russian troops carried no arms but transported medical supplies.

    Fact at issue: 

    John’s emotive significance: 

    Mary’s emotive significance: 

    Belief: 

    Attitude: 

    How best resolved: 


  3. John: The Russians had to destroy Kabul in order to win the war.
    Mary: The Russians could have avoided Kabul altogether and concentrated on the countryside and in that way would win the war.

    Fact at issue: 

    John’s emotive significance: 

    Mary’s emotive significance: 

    Belief: 

    Attitude: 

    How best resolved: 


If you have difficulty with this quiz, you might want to review the notes on Varieties of Disagreements or you might want to review some practice exercises.

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