Michael Berman's research while affiliated with Brock University and other places

Publications (5)

Article
For the first two years of my daughter's life, I was scheduled to teach an Introductory Logic course. While I had taught Critical Thinking courses in the past, having to steep myself in categorical and propositional logic left a lasting impression on my own thinking. More importantly, though, these courses influenced my speech-habits during the ear...
Article
Our article identifies and describes the metaphoric fallacy to a deductive inference (MFDI) that is an example of incorrect reasoning along the lines of the false analogy fallacy. The MFDI proceeds from informal semantical (metaphorical) claims to a supposedly formally deductive and necessary inference. We charge that such an inference is invalid....

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... If the middle term assumes a different meaning in the two premises, then the syllogism contains four terms, rather than three, which causes the fallacy. We called "metaphoric fallacy" a quaternio terminorum based on an ambiguity connected to the metaphorical premise of the argument (Walton, 1996;Lightbody and Berman, 2010;Fischer, 2014). ...