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Syllogisms are arguments that take several parts, typically with two statements which are assumed to be true (or premises) that lead to a conclusion. This takes the general form:

Major premise: A general statement.
Minor premise: A specific statement.
Conclusion: based on the two premises.

There are three major types of syllogism:

Also of note for syllogisms is:

Syllogisms are particularly interesting in persuasion as they include assumptions that many people accept which allow false statements or (often unspoken) conclusions to appear to be true. There is a difference between truth and validity in syllogisms. A syllogism can be true, but not valid (i.e. make logical sense). It can also be valid but not true.

See also

Syllogistic Fallacies, Conditional Reasoning, Cause-and-effect reasoning, The Triple

 

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