Tag Archives: Universal Affirmative Propositions

Matthew Wright on Intelligent Aliens

One of my favorite blogs is Matthew Wright’s Matthew Wright. A post illustrating nicely why I enjoy what he writes is the “Are we so arrogant to suppose [intelligent] aliens will be like us?” appearing yesterday. In the present post … Continue reading

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A Note on Logic and Political Discourse

One of the things that professors of philosophy and logic should teach very early on is the importance of the distinction between a “universal” affirmative proposition, such as “All bloggers are boring,” and a “particular” affirmative  proposition, such as “Some … Continue reading

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The Maverick and the Philosopher

0. I have long been puzzled by the difference between the two kinds of posts one sees published on the blog, Maverick Philosopher. One kind, one of the latest members of which is his post of December 31, 2014, “John … Continue reading

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The Simplest Options Possible in the Theory of Identity in Concise Statement

0. In the course of my continued reading and rereading Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., Reality. A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought,* it has occurred to me that the simplest options possible in the theory of identity are susceptible of very concise statement. … Continue reading

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Universal Propositions and “Existential Import”

Introduction. In a note (25, p. 171) in Christopher Shields’ quite admirable overview, Aristotle (2nd edition; London and New York: Routledge, 2014), we find the following passage, setting forth (Ibid., p. 143) the “three simple and, he [Aristotle] thinks, intuitively … Continue reading

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