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SYL L OGIS TIC REASONING. PART 1 Aristotle’s ‘BARBARA’ formula. How to answer better any question. ‘ w h y ’. In 4 easy steps …. St ep 1 Turn the question into a conclusion. Why S is P ? Skip 2 lines and write…. --------------- --------------- Thus, S is P.

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### SYLLOGISTICREASONING

PART 1

Aristotle’s ‘BARBARA’ formula

‘why’

In 4 easysteps …

Step1Turn the question into a conclusion

Why S is P?

Skip 2 lines and write…

---------------

---------------

Thus, Sis P

Step2Identify subject & predicate

---------------

---------------

Thus,S is P

PREDICATE

SUBJECT

Step3Apply the ‘Barbara’ syllogism formula

If ?is P

Major Premise:

Minor Premise:

And if S is ?

Thus,S is P

Step4Find the Middle term…

If M is P

And if S is M

Thus,S is P

The missing puzzle piece

Why?

Theology…

…is hard

P

S

God

In syllogisticform…

Whyis Theologyhard to understand ?

If Godis hard to understand

Thus,Theology is hard to understand

Why?

P

S

Love…

God

…is sacred

Because whatever is of God is sacred, and since love isthe very substance of God, thus, loveitself is to be regarded as sacred.

Some practice…

Whyis Catholic morality objective?

Step1

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Thus,Catholic morality is objective

Step2

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Thus,Catholic morality is objective

S

P

Step3

If ---------------- is objective

And if Catholic morality is ----------------

Thus,Catholic morality is objective

Step4

If a universal law is objective

And if Catholic morality teaches universal laws

Thus,Catholic morality is objective

More practice…

Whydoes happiness require God?

Step1

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Thus,happiness requires God

Step2

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Thus,happiness requires God

S

P

Step3

If ----------------requires God

And if happiness ----------------

Thus,happiness requires God

Step4

If absoluteperfection requires God

And if happiness is an absoluteperfection

Thus,happiness requires God