You are the HR manager of a company. For training and life-long learning, you have successfully used the services of an education partner. They would like to promote adult education in your company by putting up a poster with a quote from Bertrand Russell. Russell is one of your favorite thinkers, so you say yes. The poster arrives and reads:
”The evils of the world are due to moral defects quite as much as to lack of intelligence. But the human race has not hitherto discovered any method of eradicating moral defects. Intelligence, on the contrary, is easily improved by methods known to every competent educator. Therefore, until some method of teaching virtue has been discovered, progress will have to be sought by improvement of intelligence rather than of morals.”
The quote looks interesting, and your first reaction is to put up the poster. But then you remembered this course, so you decided to analyze the complex argument first.
Please analyze this complex argument following the steps that we have discussed:
Steps of argument analysis:
1. Put the argument in standard form.
a. Identify the main conclusion.
b. Identify all other relevant statements.
c. Identify and write hidden premises.
d. Simplify wording.
e. Draw the graph.
2. Check if the conclusion follows logically from the premises.
3. Check if the premises are true.
Overall, how do you rate this complex argument? Do you put up the poster?