- Implications are conclusions which are given by the sender.
- The reasons in an argument are intended to lead to an implication.
- For example:
- All men are mortal.
Socrates is a man.
Therefore, Socrates is mortal.
The first two sentences (the premises or reasons) imply or lead
to the conclusion, "Socrates is mortal."
- NOTE: Implications can be explicit or implicit. A frequent
error is to think they must be unstated.
- The difference between implying and inferring is who is doing
it. Deliverers imply. Receivers infer.
- For a clearer explanation, see the next page.
- Regarding implications;
- Determine where the evidence leads.
- Be careful to avoid unwarranted assumptions.
- Consider the further implications as discussed in the next point.