Technological Institute of the Philippines Humanities and Social Sciences Department

The process through which the mind proceeds from one or more propositions to formulate another proposition whose relationship is derived from the former.

INFERENCE

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TOPIC OVERVIEW
INFERENCE

FORMS of Inference

KINDS of Inference

DEDUCTIVE

INDUCTIVE

IMMEDIATE

MEDIATE

Forms of Inference

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Deductive Reasoning Inductive Reasoning - a process for - a process for drawing drawing conclusions from conclusions from accepted accepted premises by premises by Back means of logical means of logical to OVERVIEW reasoning from reasoning from the universal the singular (general) to (specific) to singular (specific) universal Log/Inf Prep. By. SSAndres (general) 3

Deductive or Deduction
All men are mortal. But Socrates is a man, Ergo, Socrates is mortal.
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general specific

A dogs are animals. But Bantay is a dog, Therefore, Bantay is an animal.
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Inductive or Induction
Socrates is mortal. But Socrates is a man, Thus, All men are mortal. Bantay is an animal. But Bantay is a dog, Ergo, A dog is an animal.
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Kinds of Inference
Kinds of Inference

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overview

Immediate

Mediate

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Immediate Inference

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Is a process of reasoning through which the mind passes directly from one proposition to new proposition into reformulation of the very exact meaning or truth expressed by the kinds original proposition. of inference Is made up only of two (2) propositions
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Mediate Inference

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kinds of inference

Is the process of reasoning in which from one proposition, with the aid of another proposition (or a third term) called medium, the mind infers not only a new proposition, but also a new truth Mediate inference requires three propositions which is also called syllogism
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Kinds of Immediate Inference
Eduction or Equivalence Opposition

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Conversion

Contradictories

Obversion
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Contraries

Contraposition

Subcontraries

Inversion
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Eduction

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Is a kind of immediate inference where a new proposition is being formulated either by INTERCHANGING THE SUBJECT AND PREDICATE or BY THE USE OF OR REMOVAL OF NEGATIVES

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Opposition

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Is a kind of immediate inference relationship between opposite propositions have towards one another A relationship between proposition when any of them have the same SUBJECT/PREDICATE TERMS but differ in either QUANTITY and QUALITY
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Conversion

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This refers to the formulation of a new proposition by way of interchanging the SUBJECT and the PREDICATE of the original proposition. However, the QUALITY of the proposition is retained No fish is mouse. fish. No mouse is

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It has two components:

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Convertend – is the original proposition No fish is mouse.

 

Converse – the derived new proposition No mouse is fish.

REMINDERS: The QUALITY of the proposition must be retained. Only E and I propositions can be converted.
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Log/Inf

Conversion Examples
No men are mortals. (E) .: No mortals are men. (E) Some animals are dogs. (I) .: Some dogs are animals. (I)

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So, we cannot convert…
All dogs are animals. (A) .: All animals are dogs. (A) Some birds are not animals. (O) .: Some animals are not birds. (O)

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TWO KINDS OF CONVERSION
Conversion

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Simple Conversion

Partial Conversion
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1. SIMPLE CONVERSION

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is a kind of conversion where the quantity of the convertend is retained in the converse.
convertend Quantity (Universal – Universal E – E Particular – Particular) I – I

converse
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Examples

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No men are mortals. (E) UNIVERSAL .: No mortals are men. (E) Su Some animals are dogs. (I) PARTICULAR .: Some dogs are animals. (I) Su
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2. PARTIAL CONVERSION

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Is a kind of conversion where the quantity of the convertend is reduced from universal to particular. This is applicable only to A and E proposition, since an A proposition becomes I and E becomes O
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UNIVERSAL
TO PARTICULAR
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EXAMPLES

All computers are gadgets. (A) UNIVERSAL TO Su Pp PARTICULAR .: Some gadgets are computers. (I) Sp Pp

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No men are mortal. (E) UNIVERSAL TO Su Pu PARTICULAR .: Some mortals are not men. (O) Sp Pu
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EXERCISES
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No x is y. Simple: __________________________ Partial: __________________________ Some y are z. Simple: __________________________ Partial: __________________________ All w are x. Simple: __________________________ Partial: __________________________ Every whale is a mammal. Simple: __________________________ Partial: __________________________
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Obversion

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Is a kind of eduction where a new proposition is formulated by retaining the subject term and the quantity of the original proposition This is applicable to AEIO Propositions The original proposition is called the OBVERTEND and the new proposition OBVERSE
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Log/Inf

Rules to follow:

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Retain the subject term and the quantity of the original proposition. SU SP Change the quality of the original proposition. Replace the predicate of the original proposition to its contradictory.

SU SP

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Predicate

Contradictory

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OBVERTEND OBVERSE
n

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All men are mortal. (A) n Su C+ Pp No men are mortal. (E) n Su Pu Some men are mortal. n (I) Sp Pp
Some men are not mortal. (O) Sp Pp
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No men are non-mortal. (E) Su CPu All men are non-mortal. (A) Su Pp
Some men are not non-mortal. (O)

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Sp Pu Some men are non-mortal. (I) Sp Pp
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Exercises
Every rocksinger is a youngster. __________________________________ 2. All architects are artists. __________________________________ 5. No engineer is a tricycle driver. __________________________________ 7. Some students are intelligent. __________________________________ 9. No priests are atheist. __________________________________
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CONTRAPOSITION

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Is a kind of eduction which results from a formulation of a new proposition whose subject term is contradictory of the predicate term in the original proposition  It is likewise applicable to AEIO Propositions The original proposition is called the CONTRAPONEND and the new CONTRAPOSIT
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Log/Inf

Kinds of Contraposition
Contraposition

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Partial Contraposition

Complete Contraposition
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PARTIAL CONTRAPOSITION Rules to follow:
n

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n

n
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The subject of the contraposit is the contradictory of the of the predicate term of the contraponend. The quality of the contraponend is changed in the contraposit. The predicate term in the contraposit is the subject term in the contraponend The A is changed to E, while E to I and O to I
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ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES
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All whales are mammals. (A) Su C+ Pp CONTRAPOSIT .: No non-mammals are whales. (E) Su C- Pu CONTRAPONEND No fishes are dogs. (E) C- Pu CONTRAPOSIT Su . : Some non-dogs are non-fishes. (I) CONTRAPONEND Sp C+ Pp CONTRAPOSITSome students are not studious. (O) back to kinds of contraposition Sp CPu Log/Inf 29 .: Prep. By. SSAndres Some non-studious are students. CONTRAPONEND

COMPLETE CONTRAPOSITION Rules to Follow:

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The subject term in the contraposit is the contradictory of the predicate term in the contraponend. The quality of the contraponend is not changed in the contraposit. The predicate term in the contraposit is the contradictory of the subject term in the contraponend. The A is changed to A, then E to O, and O to O
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Log/Inf

ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES

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CONTRAPONENDAll whales are mammals. (A) Su C+ Pp CONTRAPOSIT All non-mammals are non-whales. (A) .: Su C+ Pp CONTRAPONENDNo fishes are dogs. (E) Su C- Pu CONTRAPOSIT. : Some non-dogs are not non-fishes. (O) Sp CPu CONTRAPONEND Some students are not studious. (O) Sp CPu CONTRAPOSIT .: Some non-studious are not nonstudents. O Log/Inf Prep. By. SSAndres Sp CPu 31

EXERCISES. (Give the Partial and Complete Contraposit)
Partial .: Complete .: Partial .: Complete .: Partial .: Complete .: Partial .: Complete .: Partial .: Complete .: All men are mortal. ______________________________ ______________________________  No A is B. ______________________________ ______________________________  Some C is D. ______________________________ ______________________________  Every E is F. ______________________________ ______________________________  Some pilots are soldiers. ______________________________ ______________________________

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INVERSION

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A kind of eduction whose subject and predicate terms are contradictories of the subject and predicate terms in the original proposition The INVERTEND undergoes various stages of eductions like OBVERSION, SIMPLE CONVERSION, CONTRAPOSITION, PARTIAL CONVERSION and finally, INVERSION.  Only the A proposition is qualified of inversion
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Log/Inf

ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE
Invertend Obverse Converse (S) Obverse Converse (P)
Log/Inf

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All terrorists are criminals. (A) to No terrorist are non-criminals. (E) to No non-criminals are terrorists. (E) to All non-criminals are non-terrorists. (A) to Some non-terrorist are non-criminals.(I)
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Inverse

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EXAMPLES
All rooms are clean. .: _______________________ Every student is enrolled. .: _______________________ No computer is infected. .: _______________________ Any dog is an animal. .: _______________________
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REQUIREMENT:

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Propositions must have similar SUBJECT or PREDICATE Their differences must either be in QUANTITY or QUALITY

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EXAMPLE (without logical opposition)
All Filipinos are Asians. .: No Germans are Romans.

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* The propositions have nothing to oppose as they have no logical relationship.

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EXAMPLE (without logical opposition)
All Filipinos are Asians. .: No Germans are Romans.

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* The propositions have nothing to oppose as they have no logical relationship.

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EXAMPLE (with logical opposition)
All Filipinos are Asians. .: No Filipinos are Asians.

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* There is a logical relationship since they have the same subject and predicate term, and they have different quantity as well as quality.
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* The Square of Opposition

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CONTRADICTORIES

An opposition existing between a pair of propositions having the same subject and predicate but differ in both quantity and quality. A and O, E and I

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Rules on Contradictories
1. 2.

If one is true, the other is false and vice versa. Contradictories cannot be simultaneously true or false at the same time.
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If A is true, O is false If E is true, I is false If I is true, E is false If O is true, A is false
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CONTRARIES

this is an opposition existing between a pair of universal propositions having the same subject and predicate but differ in quality A and E are contraries

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Rules on Contrariety
1. 2.

If one is true, the other is false. If one is false, the other is doubtful.
• • • •

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If A is true, E is false. If E is true, A is false. If A is false, E is doubtful. If E is false, A is doubtful.

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SUBCONTRARIES

this is an opposition existing between a pair of particular propositions having the same subject and predicate terms but differing in quality I and O are subcontraries

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Rules on Subcontrariety
1. 2.
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If one is true, the other is doubtful. If one is false, the other is true.
If I is true, O is doubtful If O is true, I is doubtful If I is false, O is true If O is false, I is true

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SUBALTERNS

this is an opposition existing between a pair of propositions having the same subject and predicate terms but differ in quantity A and I (vice versa) and E and O (vice versa) A and E – subalternant I and O - subalternate
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Rules on Subalternation
1. 2. 3. 4.
TIP – QC If the universal is true, the particular is true. HSSD If the universal is false, the particular is doubtful. If the particular is true, the universal is doubtful If the particular is false, the universal is false.

If A is true, I is true • If A is false, I is doubtful • If E is true, O is true • If E is false, O is doubtful • If I is true, A is doubtful • If I is false, A is false • 02/12/09If O is true, E is doubtful //SSA

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EXERCISES
Supply the opposition of the following. Then, write (T) for true, (F) for false, and (?) for doubtful inside the parenthesis, assuming that all given are true. 3. No angels are mortals. Contradictory .: _________________________ ( ) Contrary .: _________________________ ( ) Subaltern .: _________________________ ( ) 7. No angels are men. Contradictory .: _________________________ ( ) Contrary .: _________________________ ( ) Subaltern .: _________________________ ( ) 11. Some birds are not black. Contradictory .: _________________________ ( ) Contrary .: _________________________ ( ) Subaltern .: _________________________ ( ) 15. All philosophers are deep thinkers. Contradictory .: _________________________ ( ) Contrary .: _________________________ ( ) Subaltern .: _________________________ ( ) 19. Some politicians are corrupt. Contradictory .: _________________________ ( ) Contrary .: _________________________ ( ) Subaltern .: _________________________ ( )
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