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What is strict syllogistic form?

Started by Geremia, May 31, 2016, 10:53:28 AM

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Strict syllogistic form is how Scholastic philosophers and theologians performed disputations in the Middle Ages.
A syllogism consists of:
  • Major premise
  • Minor premise
  • Conclusion
A premise can be a so-called A, E, I, O proposition. From here:
AEvery S is PUniversal Affirmative
ENo S is PUniversal Negative
ISome S is PParticular Affirmative
OSome S is not PParticular Negative
The diagram for the traditional square of opposition is:

For more information on Scholastic disputations, see Fr. Thomas Gilby, O.P.'s Barbara Celarent: A Description of Scholastic Dialectic pp. 279-296 (also in the St. Isidore e-book library).


I plan to get a better grasp of strict syllogistic form.