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Respected Morgan,
Greetings! Hope things good at your end.I just came across this intricate subject as Argument by Analogy.With determined attitude i sorted of out every possible source to comprehend the concept of analogical argument being considered as deductively valid.Unfortunately i failed to understand the concept.
Can you explain me with example of how analogical arguments can be deductively valid elucidating with easy explanations??


Hello Bilal,

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Your question is more suited to the philosophy or rhetoric department than exactly legal in nature, but I'll try my best.

Black's law dictionary defines Argument as "1. A statement that attempts to persuade; esp., the remarks of counsel in analyzing and pointing out or repudiating a desired inference, for the assistance of a decision-maker. 2. The act or process of attempting to persuade. See ORAL ARGUMENT; CLOSING ARGUMENT.  [W]e may define ... an argument as a course of reasoning which firmly establishes a matter about which there is some doubt. Cicero, De Inventione; De Optimo Genere Oratorum; Topica 387 (H.M. Hubbell trans. 1949) (repr. 2006).

Wordsmyth defines Analogy as "1. similarity or correspondence between two otherwise dissimilar things.  There is an analogy between winter and death.; 2. the likening of one thing to another based on similarity of features.  The teacher drew an analogy between a beehive and a busy factory.; 3. a statement of logic wherein one set of paired items has the same relationship between its two members as two items of another set.  "Finger is to hand as toe is to foot" is an example of a simple analogy."

So I guess an argument by analogy might be that if in Loving v Virginia the court ruled it is unconstitutional to deny couples of different races to marry, it is similarly unconstitutional to deny same sex couples their right to marry.

I hope this helps, good luck to you.

Morgan Smith
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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