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Meaning of SORITES

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\So*ri"tes\, n. [L., from Gr. swrei`ths (sc.
syllogismo`s), properly, heaped up (hence, a heap of
syllogisms), fr. swro`s a heap.] (Logic)
An abridged form of stating of syllogisms in a series of
propositions so arranged that the predicate of each one that
precedes forms the subject of each one that follows, and the
conclusion unites the subject of the first proposition with
the predicate of the last proposition, as in following
example;

      The soul is a thinking agent; A thinking agent can not
      be severed into parts; That which can not be severed
      can not be destroyed; Therefore the soul can not be
      destroyed.

Note: When the series is arranged in the reverse order, it is
      called the Goclenian sorites, from Goclenius, a
      philosopher of the sixteenth century.

{Destructive sorities}. See under {Destructive}.



 

 

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