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“If P, Then Q”: Form And Reasoning In Babylonian Divination

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An omen is a pair of interdependent elements, on the one hand a sign in the natural world or social environment, and on the other an event in social life. The connection between the two elements is expressed by means of a conditional statement If P then Q. The logical and systematic features of ancient Mesopotamian divination appear to be direct consequences of the use of the conditional as its form and mode of expression. Inferential reasoning, sometimes embedding analogic reasoning, lies at the basis of the connections between the propositions of antecedent and consequent. This chapter attempts a fine grained analysis of the sources for Babylonian divination as well as other ancient sciences. It primarily intends to establish a formal unity across omen text genres by the use of the conditional statement and the implementation of reasoning styles.

Keywords: antecedent-consequentconnection; Babylonian divination; conditional statement; inferential reasoning; Mesopotamian divination; omen statement



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