Minor Premise

The minor premise is a statement that deals with a specific instance of the major premise:

My mother is a woman. Tiger Woods is an athlete. Dr. Shiu is a professor.

The minor premise either affirms the major premise, or denies it. When it affirms, part of the minor premise equates with the subject, or antecedent, of the major premise. When it denies, part of the minor premise does not equate with the consequent. For example:

Children like top 40 music. Charles is a child.

In this case, the minor premise (Charles is a child) affirms the major premise by stating that it is something equal to the major premise (child).

Children like top 40 music. Charles does not like top 40 music.

In this case, the minor premise denies the major premise by asserting that something is not the same as the consequent ("does not like" as opposed to "like").

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

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