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    Problem with Logic 1

    I am currently taking your Traditional logic 1 book and I had a question. Here we go.

    Technically the definition of the Middle term is "the term that is not in the conclusion" So how could the Middle term occur in the conclusion? Shouldn't the rule officially be "The Subject or Predicate term should not be in the premises more than once? Because the middle term could never possibly occur in the conclusion.

    Thank you

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    The middle term can only appear in the conclusion if it is by mistake. Maybe a better way to state Rule #2 would be that it SHOULDN'T appear in the conclusion.

    Your reformulation would amount to the same thing, however.

    Originally posted by Logica Problemo
    I am currently taking your Traditional logic 1 book and I had a question. Here we go.

    Technically the definition of the Middle term is "the term that is not in the conclusion" So how could the Middle term occur in the conclusion? Shouldn't the rule officially be "The Subject or Predicate term should not be in the premises more than once? Because the middle term could never possibly occur in the conclusion.

    Thank you

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