Deductive Logic

by George William Joseph Stock, M.A.

Part 3: Chapter 16

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  • Year Published: 1888
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: England
  • Source: Stock, G. W. J. (1888). Deductive Logic. Oxford, England; Pembroke College.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 11.0
  • Word Count: 450
  • Genre: Informational
  • Keywords: math, math history
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Of the Special Uses of the Four Figures.

648. The first figure is useful for proving the properties of a thing.

649. The second figure is useful for proving distinctions between things.

650. The third figure is useful for proving instances or exceptions.

651. The fourth figure is useful for proving the species of a genus.



B is or is not A.
C is B.
.’. C is or is not A.

We prove that C has or has not the property A by predicating of it B, which we know to possess or not to possess that property.

Luminous objects are material.
Comets are luminous.
.’. Comets are material.

No moths are butterflies.
The Death’s head is a moth.
.’. The Death’s head is not a butterfly.



A is B. A is not B.
C is not B. C is B.
.’. C is not A. .’. C is not A.

We establish the distinction between C and A by showing that A has an attribute which C is devoid of, or is devoid of an attribute which C has.

All fishes are cold-blooded.
A whale is not cold-blooded.
.’. A whale is not a fish.

No fishes give milk.
A whale gives milk.
.’. A whale is not a fish.



B is A. B is not A.
B is C. B is C.
.’. Some C is A. .’. Some C is not A.

We produce instances of C being A by showing that C and A meet, at all events partially, in B. Thus if we wish to produce an instance of the compatibility of great learning with original powers of thought, we might say

Sir William Hamilton was an original thinker.
Sir William Hamilton was a man of great learning.
.’. Some men of great learning are original thinkers.

Or we might urge an exception to the supposed rule about Scotchmen being deficient in humour under the same figure, thus—

Sir Walter Scott was not deficient in humour.
Sir Walter Scott was a Scotchman.
.’. Some Scotchmen are not deficient in humour.



All A is B, No A is B.
All B is C. All B is C.
.’. Some C is A .’.Some C is not A.

We show here that A is or is not a species of C by showing that A falls, or does not fall, under the class B, which itself falls under C. Thus—

All whales are mammals.
All mammals are warm-blooded.
.’. Some warm-blooded animals are whales.
No whales are fishes.
All fishes are cold-blooded.
.’. Some cold-blooded animals are not whales.