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Assignment #2 Table of Contents 1. 3 2. 4 3. 5 4. 5 5. 6 6. 7 7. 8 8. 8 9. 9 10. 10 Works Cited 11 1. Premise: (1) Malik and Lindsey were the happiest couple. (2) That happiness was broken when Lindsey chose going to university over having a baby Conclusion: The relationship went downhill because of the way Lindsey abandoned the traditional role of the woman, which is to have a baby.
Intuitively this can happen, but the evidence presented does not warrant that such would lead to the kind of seemingly dramatic downturn in the quality of the relationship between Lindsey and Malik, as described. The literature describes this fallacy as the Slippery slope fallacy which is a fallacy where the evidence to make a given conclusion is not sufficient. Here there may be an exaggeration of the consequences of Lindsey’s going to university over having a baby. After all, Lindsey can have a baby and go to university, and the choice does not preclude Lindsey having a baby after university. Moreover, given that the couple’s relationship seems long-term, it is unlikely that just one event whose consequences can be reversible can lead to the downturn of the relationship. The consequence is reversible because they can always have a baby during or after university, assuming that Lindsey is young and still have many childbearing years ahead of her (Bassham et al.). 2. ...
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