Truth, Validity, and Soundness in Arguments

Truth, validity, and soundness are important concepts for evaluating an argument. For the purposes of this essay, argument will refer specifically to a list of reasons (henceforth called premises) which are provided in support of a conclusion. This differs from its definition in common usage, which denotes aggressive bickering between people. In an argument, truth refers to whether the statements are factual, validity refers to whether the premises can logically support the conclusion (regardless of their truth-value), and soundness refers to an argument that is both true and valid.

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