Formal Logic: Or, The Calculus of Inference, Necessary and Probable

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Taylor and Walton, 1847 - 336 páginas
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Página 217 - Organum. It is indeed an elaborate and correct analysis. But it is an analysis of that which we are all doing from morning to night, and which we continue to do even in our dreams.
Página 172 - By degree of probability we really mean, or ought to mean, degree of belief. It is true that we may, if we like, divide probability into ideal and objective, and that we must do so, in order to represent common language.
Página 173 - An omniscient being would never employ probable inferences, since every proposition would be known to be certainly true or certainly false. Beings lacking omniscience must rely on probabilities, since their knowledge is incomplete, and probability measures their ignorance. When we feel altogether...
Página 76 - A is greater than B, B is greater than C, therefore A is greater than C.
Página 27 - I would not dissuade a student from metaphysical inquiry ; on the contrary I would rather promote the desire of entering on such subjects ; but I would warn him, when he tries to look down his own throat with a candle in his hand, to take care that he does not set his own head on fire...
Página 123 - B, or if C is D, E is F ; But either A is B, or C is D ; /. E is F.
Página 237 - there is no such thing as a classification of the ways in which men may arrive at an error: it is much to be doubted whether there ever can be."* Surely, there can be no conclusive and comprehensive classification.
Página 328 - A it affirms of this, tJvese, all — Whilst E denies of any : I, it affirms, whilst 0 denies, Of some (or few or many). Thus A affirms, as E denies, And definitely either : Thus I affirms, as O denies, And definitely neither. A half, left semi-definite, Is worthy of its score ; U, then, affirms, as Y denies, This, neither less nor more.
Página 36 - ... Whately, understands by a Real Definition one which contains less than the Nominal Definition, provided only that what it contains is sufficient for distinction. "By real definition I mean such an explanation of the word, be it the whole of the meaning or only part, as will be sufficient to separate the things contained under that word from all others. Thus the following, I believe, is a complete definition of an elephant: An animal which naturally drinks by drawing the water into its nose, and...

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