Reply To: Translating conditional statement

March 18, 2018 at 8:55 pm #136134

Very wlcome. Keeping the structure of an argument but substituting in content that you’re familiar with is a good way of untangling difficult conditional statements or arguments, because it comes in with a built in check. For instance, if you’re combining or using an “only” statement and an “unless” statement, you might come up with “all managers at XYZ company have PhD’s,” which may or may not be correct; you’re just hoping you did it right. But if you substitute content for which you know the truth value, and you come up with “all mammals are cats,” then you know you’ve done something wrong.