A bit of History about sylliogism


When we were talking about reasoning I remembered of the famous Philosopher Aristotle. I found this website that explains most of his thoughts and reasoning and in particular the way syllogism works. Here is the introduction to the link

3. The Subject of Logic: “Syllogisms”

All Aristotle’s logic revolves around one notion: the deduction (sullogismos). A thorough explanation of what a deduction is, and what they are composed of, will necessarily lead us through the whole of his theory. What, then, is a deduction? Aristotle says:

A deduction is speech (logos) in which, certain things having been supposed, something different from those supposed results of necessity because of their being so. (Prior Analytics I.2, 24b18–20)

Each of the “things supposed” is a premise (protasis) of the argument, and what “results of necessity” is the conclusion (sumperasma).

The core of this definition is the notion of “resulting of necessity” (ex anankês sumbainein). This corresponds to a modern notion of logical consequence: X results of necessity from Y and Z if it would be impossible for X to be false when Y and Z are true. We could therefore take this to be a general definition of “valid argument”.

I hope this help clarify and have a better understanding of the topic!

Giulia 🙂