Theistic Arguments Series: Leibniz’s Cosmological Argument
In my previous post, I made several points about deductive arguments, briefly summarized here, with some additional discussion:
1. The argument should be stated precisely, using clearly defined terms.
Imprecisely defined terms are the cause of endless debate over whether an argument succeeds. They lead to equivocation. Often, people will disagree about whether a particular statement is true because they don't interpret the statement in the same way. I find that this situation can go unrecognized, and the parties to the debate end up talking past each other, without realizing that a statement means something different to each of them, and this can affect their view of the logical validity of the argument.