Notes from the underground
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Updated 2 December 2023
7. A slew of ifs

The word ‘if’ turns up regularly in argument and knowing how to handle it is crucial.

The following passage contains numerous ‘ifs’ and a couple of ‘ifs’ within ‘ifs’:
If the cat will die if it eats the stew, then so will the rat. But if the cat eats the stew, it’s bound to die. So if it eats the stew, the rat will die, since the rat will eat the stew if the cat does.
It’s easy enough in English but harder to pin down the logic. Can you do it?