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Chapter 14. Why Not See It My Way?: Pers... > A + B = C: Appeal to Reason - Pg. 157

Why Not See It My Way?: Persuasion and Argumentation 157 Word Watch A syllogism is a pattern of logical thinking used in deductive reasoning. It has three parts: a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion. If you accept the major premise that all men will eventually kick the bucket and the minor premise that Herman is a man, then you have to accept the conclusion. Most written arguments collapse because the major premise isn't true. The rest of the argument, built on a rickety frame, is bound to crash. Here's an example from Alice in Wonderland: "Very true," said the Duchess: "flamingoes and mustard both bite. And the moral of that is-- Birds of a feather flock together." "Only mustard isn't a bird," Alice remarked. "Right, as usual," said the Duchess. "What a clear way you have of putting things!" Write Angles