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

This paintings introduces the topic of formal common sense in terms of a method that's "like syllogistic logic". Its procedure, like out of date, conventional syllogistic, is a "term logic". The authors' model of good judgment ("term-function logic", TFL) stocks with Aristotle's syllogistic the perception that the logical sorts of statements which are eager about inferences as premises or conclusions might be construed because the results of connecting pairs of phrases through a logical copula (functor). This perception contrasts markedly with that which informs state-of-the-art commonplace formal common sense ("modern predicate logic", MPL). The ebook is meant as a device for the creation of TFL to the start scholar of common sense. it is usually a bankruptcy introducing commonplace MPL. There are a number of workout sections and a precis of the most principles, legislation and ideas of TFL. For the philosophically orientated there are discussions of significant matters on the intersections of semantics, metaphysics, epistemology and common sense.

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The form 'that s' is so common a way oftalking about the sense of's' that we continue to use lower case letters for it. For example, in asserting 'some women are farmers' we claim that SOME WOMEN BEING FARMERS obtains, (is a true characterization of the world). Equivalently we are claiming truth for the proposition that some women are farmers. As it happens, the existence of women farmers is a fact; [some women are farmers] corresponds to the fact . So [some women are farmers] is a true proposition.

Figure 15 [slO] [s9] Here, as in the case of s7 and s8, we have an entailment in one directi<>n. More often than not, we have no entailment either way. We noted above that statements of form 'some X isn't Y' and 'some Y isn't X' are not equivalent and that neither entails the other. For example, an argument using either sl1, 'some farmer isn't a citizen', or s12, 'some citizen isn't a farmer', as premise with the other as conclusion is invalid. These statements express different STATES OF AFFAIRS neither of which includes the other.

7. The Limitations of State Diagrams Venn Diagrams are useful for explaining how one statement may entail another by showing in a graphic way how one STATE OF AFFAIRS may include or exclude another. However, not all STATES can be represented graphically and the actual use of Venn diagrams for logical purposes is rather limited. As students of logic we want to learn how to infer conclusions from given premises. And we want techniques for checking the validity of a wide range of arguments. For example, we might wish to see whether an argument like 'every noncitizen is an alien, hence, anyone who arrests a non-alien arrests a citizen' is valid.

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