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What are Aristotle's ideas about logic and how did others classify his writings? What does Aristotle mean by the term 'logic' and what types of questions did he ask?

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This solution explains Aristotle's ideas about logic and how others classified his writings. It also explains what he meant by logic, how he formulated a logical argument and the types of questions he asked.

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What are Aristotle's ideas about logic and how did others classify his writings?

Aristotle's Ideas about Logic

1. Aristotle's writings on the general subject of logic were grouped by the later Peripatetics under the name Organon, or instrument. From their perspective, logic and reasoning was the chief preparatory instrument of scientific investigation.

2. Aristotle himself, however, uses the term "logic" as equivalent to verbal reasoning. The Categories of Aristotle are classifications of individual words (as opposed to propositions), and include the following ten: substance, quantity, quality, relation, place, time, situation, condition, action, and passion.

3. These questions seem to be arranged according to the order of the questions we would ask in gaining knowledge of an object. For ...

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