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IBN SĪNĀ ON REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM

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Ibn Sīnā (11th century, greater Persia) proposed an analysis of arguments by reductio ad absurdum. His analysis contains, perhaps for the first time, a workable method for handling the making and discharging of assumptions in a formal proof. We translate the relevant text of Ibn Sīnā and put his analysis into the context of his general approach to logic.

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*HERONS BROOK, STICKLEPATH OKEHAMPTON, DEVON EX20 2PY, UK E-mail: wilfrid.hodges@btinternet.com
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The Review of Symbolic Logic
  • ISSN: 1755-0203
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