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# Byrne: One of our club’s bylaws specifies that any officer who fails

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Byrne: One of our club’s bylaws specifies that any officer who fails to appear on time for any one of the quarterly board meetings, or who misses two of our monthly general meetings, must be suspended. Thibodeaux, an officer, was recently suspended. But Thibodeaux has never missed a monthly general meeting. Therefore, Thibodeaux must have failed to appear on time for a quarterly board meeting.

The reasoning in Byrne’s argument is flawed in that the argument

(A) fails to consider the possibility that Thibodeaux has arrived late for two or more monthly general meetings
(B) presumes, without providing justification, that if certain events each produce a particular result, then no other event is sufficient to produce that result
(C) takes for granted that an assumption required to establish the argument’s conclusion is sufficient to establish that conclusion
(D) fails to specify at what point someone arriving at a club meeting is officially deemed late
(E) does not specify how long Thibodeaux has been an officer

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27 Nov 2019, 02:36
Akela wrote:
Byrne: One of our club’s bylaws specifies that any officer who fails to appear on time for any one of the quarterly board meetings, or who misses two of our monthly general meetings, must be suspended. Thibodeaux, an officer, was recently suspended. But Thibodeaux has never missed a monthly general meeting. Therefore, Thibodeaux must have failed to appear on time for a quarterly board meeting.

The reasoning in Byrne’s argument is flawed in that the argument

(A) fails to consider the possibility that Thibodeaux has arrived late for two or more monthly general meetings
If it was written "quarterly board meetings" this would be the correct answer

(B) presumes, without providing justification, that if certain events each produce a particular result, then no other event is sufficient to produce that result
In line with first flaw

(C) takes for granted that an assumption required to establish the argument’s conclusion is sufficient to establish that conclusion
non sensical. of course an assumption required to establish the argument is sufficient. The problem here is that such assumption could not be valid for other cases

(D) fails to specify at what point someone arriving at a club meeting is officially deemed late
irrelevant

(E) does not specify how long Thibodeaux has been an officer
irrelevant

What if the officer was suspended for another reason?

An assumption is that there are no other reasons to be suspended than failing to attend the monthly meeting or arriving late for the quarterly board meetings.

The first flaw in the reasoning is that there could be another reason for the suspension of the officer.
The second flaw is that the conclusion is limited to one quarterly board meeting. Let's assume that the officer was late to 2 or more of such meetings; then the officer would have been suspended anyhow.

Option B
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