Word Nerd Wednesday: Syllogisms

I almost forgot about Word Nerd Wednesday! As it happens, I was studying logic this afternoon with my kids and this word, which is cool to say, struck me as a suitable installment.

For the record, I’m not very good at the study of formal logic. Someone else handles the instructional guidance, while I provide home support. With that said, here is the definition:

Syllogism: A form of deductive reasoning consisting of a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion.
For example:
All mammals are living things.
Human beings are mammals.
Therefore, Human beings are living things.
For those interested, the concept of the syllogism was introduced by Aristotle.

6 thoughts on “Word Nerd Wednesday: Syllogisms

  1. smkoseki says:

    Love that word…and just realized from your post I had a poor understanding. Thanks!

    Forgot to mention: from your prior mural pics: I love the woman with the red nose; can’t decide why (I hate makeup but oft love odd things like a red nose or like a single nose stud, don’t know why). And I didn’t even notice the paint was running up I’m afraid…

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  2. Will S. says:

    My favourite syllogisms are deliberately irrational, illogical ones, in jest.


    It is generally agreed that nothing is better than eternal happiness.
    But, clearly, a cheese sandwich is better than nothing.
    Therefore, a cheese sandwich is better than eternal happiness.

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  3. Will S. says:

    You’re welcome, Elspeth!

    Cheers. 🙂

    (P.S. Can I request you change my name in my comment and yours back to my usual online persona? It wasn’t my intent to use it, even if it can be easily figured out from my gravatar. Thanks in advance.)


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