Monday, November 13, 2017

The Importance of Training to Recognize Enthymemes

In Socratic Logic, Peter Kreeft writes the following:

An enthymeme is a syllogism with one of its three propositions implied but not stated.

He then quotes Parker & Veatch, Logic as a Human Instrument:

The search for the tacit premise is excellent intellectual training . . . [for] most arguments are enthymemes, because almost all arguments entail unexpressed premises or assumptions. And in this broader sense the habit of searching for the tacit assumptions which are the silent determinants of one's htoughts takes on an extremely important aspect; it should be consciously cultivated.1

 Stand firm in Christ,

1. Kreeft, Peter, Socratic Logic (South Bend, ID, St. Augustine's Press: 2014), p. 264.

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