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By Frederic Tamler Sommers, George Englebretsen, Harry A. Wolfson, Fred Sommers

ISBN-10: 0754613666

ISBN-13: 9780754613664

This paintings introduces the topic of formal good judgment in terms of a method that's "like syllogistic logic". Its method, like outdated, conventional syllogistic, is a "term logic". The authors' model of common sense ("term-function logic", TFL) stocks with Aristotle's syllogistic the perception that the logical varieties of statements which are inquisitive about inferences as premises or conclusions should be construed because the results of connecting pairs of phrases by way of a logical copula (functor). This perception contrasts markedly with that which informs trendy general formal common sense ("modern predicate logic", MPL). The booklet is meant as a device for the advent of TFL to the start scholar of good judgment. it's also a bankruptcy introducing ordinary MPL. There are numerous workout sections and a precis of the most principles, legislation and rules of TFL. For the philosophically orientated there are discussions of vital concerns on the intersections of semantics, metaphysics, epistemology and common sense.

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This second approach is syntactical and in its way it is as fruitful an approach as the semantic one. lndeed the semantic and syntactic approaches complement each other and it is now time to focus attention on the form or syntax of the sentences that figure in arguments. Our topic for the remainder of this chapter and for the next two chapters is Syntax or more precisely, since our concern is with statements bearing truth values, Logical Syntax. Logical Syntax is the study of the form and the composition of the statement-sentences that we evaluate as being true or false.

All ... are ... ', and so forth. The NPNP analysis is not consistent with this. Thus any phrase of form 'some X' is a Noun Phrase and any phrase of form 'is a Y' is a Verb Phrase. But the terminist maintains that Noun and Verb Phrases are essentially of this special form each containing a term. Logically speaking, the Noun Phrase always consists of a word of quantity such as 'some' or 'all' followed by a nominal term and the Verb Phrase consists of a word of quality such as 'are' or 'were' followed by a second nominal term.

5. A statement, 's,' denotes its DC if and only if[s] is true of its DC. 6. A fact is a property of the world. 7. FACTS are true propositions. 8. FACTS correspond to facts. 9. Vacuous statements are meaningless. 10. That some dogs are not friendly is a negative FACT. 11. That no dogs are friendly is a negative FACT. 12. False statements are not vacuous. ******************************************************************* 2 Picturing Propositions 1. State Diagrams The propositions expressed by statements are STATES OF AFFAIRS.

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