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Categorical Syllogism Basics: Venn Diagram

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Transcript of Categorical Syllogism Basics: Venn Diagram

drawing a venn diagram
Categorical Syllogism Basics
Venn Diagrams

critical thinking skills
categorical syllogisms:
venn diagrams

example
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standard form
Major premise
is the first premise.
Minor premise
is the second premise.
Major term
is the
predicate
of the major premise.
Minor term
is the
subject
of the minor premise.
Conclusion
.
Minor term
is the
subject
.
Major term
is the
predicate
.
example
All cats
are
mammals
.

Buttercup
is a
cat
.

Therefore,
Buttercup
is a
mammal
.
middle term
major term
predicate
minor term
subject
overlap of minor and major terms
overlap of major and middle terms
overlap of minor and middle terms
middle term
in major and minor premise
never in conclusion
major term
predicate of major premise and conclusion
minor term
subject of minor premise and conclusion
overlap of minor, major and middle terms
mammal
Buttercup
example
All cats
are
mammals
.

Buttercup
is a
cat
.

Therefore,
Buttercup
is a
mammal
.
middle term
major term
predicate
minor term
subject
cat
example
mammal
Buttercup
cat
diagram major premise
All cats are mammals.
example
mammal
Buttercup
cat
diagram minor premise
Buttercup
is a cat.
example
mammal
Buttercup
cat
find conclusion
Therefore, Buttercup is a mammal.
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