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Analysis of Argument - Template - Premise or Assumption?

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Analysis of Argument - Template - Premise or Assumption?

Post Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:38 pm
Hey guys,

I used the template provided here: http://www.beatthegmat.com/argument-essay-template-if-anyone-wants-it-t38032.html a couple of times and I really really like it. However, I don't understand when do draw a distinction between premise and assumption. In general I understand what the difference is, just in the context of an analysis of an argument I don't. I am taking my test on Monday and I am going nuts here. Could somebody, maybe based on the very first Analysis of an Argument Statement on page 796 in the OG 12, explain me what the difference is?

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"All men are mortal, therefore Socrates is mortal"

Premise: All men are mortal
Assertion: Socrates is mortal

Assumption: Socrates is a man (unstated condition)

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Post Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:28 am
I also have a problem understanding the difference between the two. Is there anyone who could explain?

Thanks in advance

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Post Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:31 pm
Assumption is information unstated that, when added to the premises, proves the conclusion.

The assumption underlying a conditional statement is that the necessary condition must occur in order for the sufficient condition to occur. The assumption in these arguments always protects the necessary condition.

Premise indicators:
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since
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this can be seen from
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I think of it like Evidence (stated facts) + Assumptions (unstated facts) = Conclusion.

The assumptions are what need to be true in order for the given evidence to logically lead to the stated conclusion.

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Post Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:49 am
I am opening this again because the replies above don't satisfy me. Can someone please elaborate the difference between a premise and an assumption?

Is it correct to say that a premise can be (but not necessarily has to be) an assumption made?

For instance, in:
"Since all men are mortal and Socrates is a man, Socrates is mortal."

The premises for the conclusion that Socrates is mortal is that "all men are mortal" and "Socrates is a man". While both are premises, the first premise, "all men are mortal" is an assumption.

In sum, a premise is a claim that is a reason for, or an objection against, a conclusion in an argument. A might be an assumption or be based on an assumption, but could as well be a fact or be based on a fact.


Please also clarify what a stimulus is in the context of an argument or passage to read.

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