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A deductive argument can be roughly characterized as one in which the claim is
made that some proposition (the conclusion) follows with strict necessity from
some other proposition or propositions (the premises) — i.e., that it would be ...
The premise containing the major term, conventionally stated first, is called the
major premise, and the other is called the ... which is the pattern in which its terms
S, M, and P (subject, middle, and predicate) are arranged in the premises (see ...
Correspondingly, an argument has two components: a conclusion, the thesis
argued for; and certain premises, the considerations adduced on behalf of the
conclusion. An argument is deductively valid when its premises provide
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