Figures of Reasoning:
A Primer on Appeals to Logos for the

Logic & Rhetoric — By on January 14, 2005 at 1:04 am

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  • John

    This is a really cool project, Joe. I hope people respond through the roof.

  • brad

    OK Joe,
    What form does the “Therefore, render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar and to God what is God”. The passage goes:
    1. Should we pay the temple tax?
    2. Give me a coin, whose image is on the coin
    3. Therefore, render to Ceasar the coin and God your life.
    I think the implied principle is owners “brand” their image on their possessions. Therefore…

  • Joe Carter

    Hey Brad,
    I agree that it’s an enthymeme. I would say it is a truncated syllogism of this form:

  • Items that bear the image of an entity ultimately belong to that entity. (Major premise – omitted)
  • The coin bears Caesar
  • brad

    I am tracking you back over at The Dialogical Coffee House. This is great..

  • The Dialogical Coffee House

    The Logical Jesus – An Educational Exercise

    Question: How do we cultivate public intellectuals in the 21st Century?
    Answer: We use new media as the Socratic academy.
    Setting: The virtual classroom

  • Dave

    Thankyou very much for taking the time to put this list up.
    I am sure it will help those of us who are keen to participate, but not as familiar with the terminology.

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