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Necessity-Syllogisms

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Robert Kilwardby's interpretation of moods continues the implementation of wider interpretive goals that had already been set in his approach to the assertoric syllogistic. The principles of syllogistic science, as it turns out, are already in the Prior Analytics in the form of Aristotle's rules for each Figure and for each mixture of modalities. Kilwardby's interpretation of the modal syllogistic has another goal - that of providing semantical interpretations for the premises and conclusions of modal syllogisms. As per Dialectica Monacensis a necessity-conclusion follows from two necessities in the first or the second or the third Figure. Aristotle says that each of the standard first Figure syllogisms is perfect when stated with a necessity-Major, an assertoric Minor and a necessity-conclusion. Kilwardby bases his principles on the routes whereby Aristotle perfects syllogisms in the mixture of figures.

Keywords: Aristotle; Dialectica Monacensis; necessity-syllogisms; Prior Analytics; Robert Kilwardby

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