An article included said of the following argument, “That’s a syllogism without a minor premise”:
“[P]olitical decisions in the modern world often concern how to deploy science and technology, so people well-trained in science and technology will be better prepared to make those decisions.”
I would like to give this to my students to work on, but I can’t seem to translate Jacob’s rendering into terms that work formally. Do you have time to take a look?
All the Best.
This enthymeme can, it seems, be formally rendered this way:
Premise 1: Unstated.
Premise 2: Some modern political decisions are decisions regarding the deployment of science and technology.
Conclusion: Some modern political decisions are decisions that need people well-trained in science and technology.
Given this translation, the assumed statement would have to be: All decisions regarding the deployment of science and technology are decisions that need people well-trained in science and technology.
This is a reasonable assertion, and seems to complete the thought well.