Discussion Prompts

I’m studying for my Philosophy class and need an explanation.

Respond to one of the prompts below and be clear about which one you are referring to:

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PROMPT #1: ARGUMENT PROMPT. Consider the following argument:

Validity is of no importance. An argument can have false premises and still be valid. In fact, it can have false premises and a false conclusion, yet still be valid. Therefore, there is no connection between truth and validity. Thus, validity is irrelevant to truth and therefore to philosophical inquiry.

How would you reply to this argument? Which statements of the argument are correct and which incorrect?

PROMPT #2: ZENO PROMPT. Zeno’s paradox reveals a mismatch between the way we think about the world and the way the world actually is. The challenge then becomes how to identify what precisely is wrong with our thinking. Motion is possible, of course, and a fast human runner can beat a tortoise in a race. The problem seems to have something to do with our conception of infinity. How would you solve Zeno’s problem? In your mind, is space continuous or discrete? Explain your answer.

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