Analyzing arguments

Provide a complete analysis of the two passages below. You must analyze BOTH passages. This is a formal paper so standard rules for academic papers apply including:

1) If Taliban fighters really shot down two American jets, then American technology is not as good as we thought it was. Therefore, the Taliban couldn’t really have shot down the American jets, given that American technology is as good as we thought it was.

2) It is obvious that Proactive Solution acne treatment system is the best product on the market for achieving clear, blemish-free skin. After all, Kelly Clarkson, famous singer-songwriter and winner of the 2002 American Idol, says so.

A complete analysis should contain answers to the following:

Is the passage an argument or an explanation? What is the main issue? What are the premises and conclusion? Is the argument inductive or deductive? Provide a diagram of the argument (from Chapter 3) Is the argument valid or invalid? (Hint: 1 of the arguments is valid and one is invalid) If the argument is valid, discuss how it is valid (provide a proof) If the argument is invalid, identify which rule is violated or what fallacy is committed by the passage. Use complete sentences (no bullet points) and be sure to address all the required content within the body of the paper



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