I'm pleased to announce that Matt Duncombe has posted his paper, "Irreflexivity and Aristotle’s syllogismos", over at dropbox.com for our Working Paper Group. Here is a quick blurb about the paper:
Aristotle's definition of 'deduction' specifies that the conclusion cannot be identical to any premise. This would make entailment an irreflexive relation. This seems wrong: 'p, therefore p' seems as good an inference as it is possible to make. In this paper I explain Aristotle's insistence on irreflexivity by showing that, in any pragmatic context in which Aristotle envisions 'deductions' being used, irreflexivity is a necessary condition on a good deduction.
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- The paper is posted over at Dropbox.com.
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Let the discussion begin!