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This front matter section of this book titled Relational Syllogisms and the History of Arabic Logic 900-1900 contains the table of contents and the acknowledgement. The author shows in the book, logicians within the Arabic tradition long struggled with the anomaly of arguments involving relations. In the eighteenth century, several prominent Ottoman logicians decisively abandoned the classic Aristotelian assumption that a valid categorical syllogism must consist of two premises with one term in common, and began to investigate what they called 'unfamiliar syllogisms' with relational premises. The book pursues a single-albeit central-theme in Arabic logic from the early tenth century to the late nineteenth. It is of course not possible for a single person to read every extant Arabic work on logic from that period.

Keywords:Arabic logic; Arabic tradition; relational syllogisms



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