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  • n. Plural form of syllogism.


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  • When you read the precision of Lincoln's justifications for his decisions, whether it was to suspend habeas corpus, or to extend that suspension to an area of insurrection, or even to expand it beyond an area of insurrection, the inexorable logic of his syllogisms is thrilling to read; you have a sense of the restraining and uniting power of law.

    The Softer Side of Ashcroft

  • 68 Armed with texts of Scripture, and with captious syllogisms from the logic of Aristotle, the subtle

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • The reason you have trouble wrapping your head around Prof. Singer’s tight string of syllogisms is because you haven’t wrapped your head around this one essential fact.

    Defending Your Existence

  • P; so every S is D. Aristotle discussed a range of such inferences, called syllogisms, involving quantificational propositions indicated by words like

    Logical Form

  • A logical statement is one that follows from another proposition of set of propositions by following certain operations such as syllogisms or Boolean analysis.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Stuart Taylor responds:

  • He, however, who would rightly convert any one to a different opinion should do so in a dialectical and not in a contentious manner, just as a geometrician should reason geometrically, whether his conclusion be false or true: what kind of syllogisms are dialectical has already been said.


  • Since then, the speculative reason makes things such as syllogisms, propositions and the like, wherein the process follows certain and fixed rules, consequently in respect of such things it is possible to have the essentials of art, but not of prudence; and so we find such a thing as a speculative art, but not a speculative prudence.

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • His writings will be virtually impossible for most people to understand, what with his references to unexplained numbers, his fondness for weird syllogisms, his unexplained references and his apparent semi-literacy.

    Mark Potok: Who is Jared Lee Loughner?

  • For example, Loughner was entranced by nonsensical syllogisms -- about currency and 'mind control' -- and obsessed with a philosophy of 'nihilism.'

    Jeff Kass: Jared Loughner's Diagnosis

  • But then things started getting repetitive, or if not repetitive bogged down in syllogisms.

    A Study in Happiness


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