Introduction of the Terms of the Syllogism was difficult to read at first. I would get mixed up in the terminology and not focus on the bigger picture (like the difference between a premise and a term). Also, following the translation of Meyer’s argument was confusing because it seemed like there were so many variations of his argument. Eventually the three steps did become pretty clear to me.

The three-step process to put an argument into standard-form categorical propositions is as follows: find the conclusion, find the premises and put the syllogism into standard order and form, and test the syllogism by means of Venn Diagrams/rules for validity. The first step is relatively simple. After identifying the conclusion you need to put it into standard categorical form, which in this case translates from “p if q” to “all p is q” or “all s is p”. The second step includes finding the major and minor premises. Basically, you locate the part of the argument with the predicate and that is the major premise. The part with the subject is the minor premise. Next, place them in order starting with the major premise, then the minor premise, and finally the conclusion. The third step checks the validity of the argument by identifying any left out pieces in the Venn diagram.

I think this caught my attention because the final product of the Venn diagram illustrated everything in a simple manner, which had previously seemed so complex. The explanation of syllogisms was difficult to comprehend because each step had a lot of substance to it. Visualizing the argument through a diagram makes it easier to see how the three parts are intertwined to form a valid (or invalid) argument.

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