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/Summer 1994 The Irrelevance of Distribution for the Syllogism
Wallace A. Murphree
Notre Dame J. Formal Logic 35(3): 433-449 (/Summer 1994). DOI: 10.1305/ndjfl/1040511349


While accepting that distribution is a coherent notion, I argue that it is nevertheless irrelevant to the working of the syllogism. Instead, I propose: (i) that a term's being distributed or undistributed in a proposition is its capacity to be replaced in a truth-preserving substitution with a narrower or a wider term; (ii) that which capacity the term has is determined by whether it occurs as the predicate of a negative or of an affirmative statement of the proposition; and (iii) that it is only the term's occurrence as the predicate of a negative or an affirmative statement–rather than its distribution value–that is relevant to syllogistic entailment.


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Wallace A. Murphree. "The Irrelevance of Distribution for the Syllogism." Notre Dame J. Formal Logic 35 (3) 433 - 449, /Summer 1994.


Published: /Summer 1994
First available in Project Euclid: 21 December 2002

zbMATH: 0920.03008
MathSciNet: MR1326125
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1305/ndjfl/1040511349

Primary: 03A05

Rights: Copyright © 1994 University of Notre Dame


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