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Aristotelian Logic for Engineers

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Beacon Salon # 5

The legendary Greek philosopher Aristotle observed that the validity of an argument can be determined by its structure instead of its content. His classic example was the ‘syllogism’: All men are mortal; Socrates is a man; therefore, Socrates is mortal. Given the structure of this argument, if the premises are true then the conclusion is necessarily also true. Aristotle’s logic became a state of the art tool in philosophy and the sciences for over two thousand years. Equally influential is his survey of misleading arguments – fortunately for us in the 21st century, these are now expressed in the form of captioned images which we review in this talk.

This talk is part of the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology occasional seminars series.

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