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42. The Rules of the Syllogism

  • A syllogism must contain three terms, and not more than three terms.
  • A syllogism must consist of three and only three propositions.
  • The middle term of the syllogism must be distributed at least once in the premises.
  • No term must be distributed in the conclusion unless it was distributed in at least one of the premises.
  • No conclusion can be drawn from two negative premises.
  • If one of the premises is negative, the conclusion must be negative.

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