## Can an Argument be ever a hypothesis?

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Can I have an argument which can be a hypothesis?

Question was closed 2016-12-06T15:43:47.737

1This needs to be more specific. What do you mean by "hypothesis" here? Do you have some specific context in mind? Maybe an example of a case in which an argument might be a hypothesis, but you're not certain? – Dan Hicks – 2016-12-06T11:58:10.293

Sally seems to be sick because she has hand on her forehead. This is an argument but does it include hypothesis? – Heyo – 2016-12-06T21:15:13.797

I still don't understand what you mean by "includes a hypothesis." In your example, someone could take the conclusion of the argument (Sally is sick) and treat it as a hypothesis for further investigation (using a thermometer to see whether she has a fever, for example). – Dan Hicks – 2016-12-07T11:33:56.433

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An argument :

is [a set] of premises (typically in the form of propositions, statements or sentences) in support of a claim: the conclusion.

A deductive argument asserts that the truth of the conclusion is a logical consequence of the premises.

An inductive argument, on the other hand, asserts that the truth of the conclusion is supported to some degree of probability by the premises.

When you speak of hypothesis are you considering the use of the term in the context scientific explanation, where a hypothesis is a proposed explanation for a phenomenon, or in the context of formal logic, where the term denotes the antecedent of a conditional proposition "if ---,then ___" ?

If we consider formal logic, we may use an hypothesis as a premise in an argument; in this case, we say that, "assuming" e.g. A, in conjunction with a second premise A → B, we may infer the conclusion B by way of the deductive argument form called modus ponens.

In this case, the hypothesis is part of the argument.