# Is it possible to determine the soundness of the following argument?

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## How do you determine the soundness of an argument?

Soundness: An argument is sound if it meets these two criteria: (1) It is valid. (2) Its premises are true. In other words, a sound argument has the right form AND it is true. Note #3: A sound argument will always have a true conclusion.

## What does soundness mean in an argument?

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A sound argument is a valid argument that has all true premises. That means that the conclusion of a sound argument will always be true. Why? Because if an argument is valid, the premises transmit truth to the conclusion on the assumption of the truth of the premises.

## What are the tests for the soundness of a deductive argument?

In deductive reasoning, the “thinker” has two tasks to perform before accepting the certain conclusion of an argument: the test of truth, and the test of validity. When an argument passes both tests, the argument is said to be sound.

## Is it possible to have a sound argument that is also valid?

A sound argument is both valid and has all true premises. Since a sound argument is valid, it is such that if all the premises are true then the conclusion must be true. Since a sound argument also has all true premises, it follows that a sound argument must have a true conclusion.

## What is an example of a sound argument?

Example 1:
Therefore, 20 is a multiple of 5. It is a valid argument since the conclusion logically follows from the premises. Moreover, it has true premises. Therefore, this is a sound argument.

## What makes an argument sound or unsound?

Sound: an argument is sound if and only if it is valid and contains only true premises. Unsound: an argument that is not sound.

## How do you assess the strength and soundness of arguments?

1. Identify the conclusion and the premises.
2. Put the argument in standard form.
3. Decide if the argument is deductive or non-deductive.
4. Determine whether the argument succeeds logically.
5. If the argument succeeds logically, assess whether the premises are true.

## Which of the following is a sound argument?

A sound argument is one that is valid with all true premises. If an argument is valid, that means that IF the premises are true, then the conclusion must be true. And if an argument is sound, then the premises are true. Thus, the conclusion of a sound argument must be true.

## What makes an argument sound and valid?

An argument form is valid if and only if whenever the premises are all true, then conclusion is true. An argument is valid if its argument form is valid. For a sound argument, An argument is sound if and only if it is valid and all its premises are true.

## Which of the following is true of sound arguments?

TRUE: If an argument is sound, then it is valid and has all true premises. Since it is valid, the argument is such that if all the premises are true, then the conclusion must be true. A sound argument really does have all true premises so it does actually follow that its conclusion must be true.

## What is an example of a valid unsound argument?

Ted Cruz is a woman. Therefore, Ted Cruz has blue eyes. This argument is valid given that the truth of the premises–if they were true–would guarantee the truth of the conclusion. It is unsound because it doesn’t have all true premises.