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By Frederic Tamler Sommers, George Englebretsen, Harry A. Wolfson, Fred Sommers

This paintings introduces the topic of formal common sense in terms of a method that's "like syllogistic logic". Its approach, like out of date, conventional syllogistic, is a "term logic". The authors' model of common sense ("term-function logic", TFL) stocks with Aristotle's syllogistic the perception that the logical types of statements which are focused on inferences as premises or conclusions should be construed because the results of connecting pairs of phrases through a logical copula (functor). This perception contrasts markedly with that which informs state-of-the-art ordinary formal common sense ("modern predicate logic", MPL). The booklet is meant as a device for the advent of TFL to the start scholar of good judgment. additionally it is a bankruptcy introducing ordinary MPL. There are numerous workout sections and a precis of the most principles, legislation and ideas of TFL. For the philosophically orientated there are discussions of vital matters on the intersections of semantics, metaphysics, epistemology and common sense.

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Terms are used for characterizing things in the world. Statements are used for characterizing the world itself. We use lower case letters to represent statements. Like a term, a statement, 's', has three modes of meaning: (1) it expresses a sense or characterization, [s]. (What a statement expresses is called a proposition); (2) it denotes the world characterized by the proposition it expresses and (3) it signifies a characteristic of the world. ) By definition, a statement is an utterance that is being used for saying something.

The formula 'Y some X' will be called an 'A-form' to remind us that Aristotle was the first to introduce paraphrases that placed the predicate term on the left and the subject term on the right thereby reversing the natural English order of terms in a sentence. Aristotle's own paraphrase for 'some X is Y' was 'Y belongs to some X'. His paraphrase for 'every X is Y' was 'Y belongs to every X'. We shall speak of 'every' and 'some' as 'term connectives'. Thus 'every' is the term connective in the sentence 'Y every X' and 'some' is the term connective in 'Y some X'.

No bird is immortal II. Which of the following statements denote the world? 1. There are no elves. 2. Some citizens are not farmers. 3. All women are citizens. 4. Elvis lives. 5. The France is a republic. III. Which ofthe following is incorrect? 1. Any statement is a truth claim made with respect to a specific domain, called the domain of the claim (DC). 2. A statement's' signifies , only if is an existential characteristic of the DC of 's'. 3. If's' is a true statement, then [s] corresponds to the world.

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