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Approximate syllogisms – on the logic of everyday life

Approximate syllogisms – on the logic of everyday life Since Aristotle it is recognised that a valid syllogism cannot have two particular premises. However, that is not how a lay person sees it; at least as long as the premises read “many”, “most” etc, instead of a plain “some”. The lay people are right if one considers that these syllogisms do not have strict but approximate (Zadeh) validity. Typically there are only particular premises available in everyday life and one is dependent on such syllogisms. – Some rules on the usage of particular premises are given below. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Artificial Intelligence and Law Springer Journals

Approximate syllogisms – on the logic of everyday life

Artificial Intelligence and Law , Volume 7 (3) – Sep 30, 2004

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 1999 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Computer Science; Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics); International IT and Media Law, Intellectual Property Law; Philosophy of Law; Legal Aspects of Computing; Information Storage and Retrieval
ISSN
0924-8463
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1572-8382
DOI
10.1023/A:1008369608852
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Abstract

Since Aristotle it is recognised that a valid syllogism cannot have two particular premises. However, that is not how a lay person sees it; at least as long as the premises read “many”, “most” etc, instead of a plain “some”. The lay people are right if one considers that these syllogisms do not have strict but approximate (Zadeh) validity. Typically there are only particular premises available in everyday life and one is dependent on such syllogisms. – Some rules on the usage of particular premises are given below.

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Artificial Intelligence and LawSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 30, 2004

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