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    A general term is a term that is capable of being truly affirmed but in logic, affirmation refers to "the union of the subject and predicate of a proposition".

    Does the fact that mermaids are mythical creatures affect status of the word "mermaid" as a general term?
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    (Original post by Mambo No. 5)
    A general term is a term that is capable of being truly affirmed but in logic, affirmation refers to "the union of the subject and predicate of a proposition".

    Does the fact that mermaids are mythical creatures affect status of the word "mermaid" as a general term?
    could you please give an example of a general term in logic that fits that criteria?
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    (Original post by bluesky42)
    could you please give an example of a general term in logic that fits that criteria?
    Ignore that bit, tired eyes ..... Apologies . The main question relates to whether the mythical nature of mermaids affect the word "mermaid" being classed as a general term.
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    (Original post by Mambo No. 5)
    Ignore that bit, tired eyes ..... Apologies . The main question relates to whether the mythical nature of mermaids affect the word "mermaid" being classed as a general term.
    but what's a general term?
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    (Original post by bluesky42)
    but what's a general term?
    "is a term that is capable of being truly affirmed" - the "truly affirmed" part is what i would just like clarified, that's all (whether this includes a term concerning a "thing" that is not "real").
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    im sure not a huge amount of people would mind
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    (Original post by Mambo No. 5)
    "is a term that is capable of being truly affirmed" - the "truly affirmed" part is what i would just like clarified, that's all (whether this includes a term concerning a "thing" that is not "real&quot.
    well then it depends on how you're affirming it. if its affirmation by definition (solely a priori) than yes mermaid is a valid term.

    if you need affirmation by appeal to objective verifiable empirical evidence then its probably not

    its like the god of the ontological argument
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    (Original post by bluesky42)
    well then it depends on how you're affirming it. if its affirmation by definition (solely a priori) than yes mermaid is a valid term.

    if you need affirmation by appeal to objective verifiable empirical evidence then its probably not

    its like the god of the ontological argument
    OK.
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    (Original post by Phillipsherman)
    im sure not a huge amount of people would mind
    Basically what I was looking for. Thanks
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    (Original post by bluesky42)
    well then it depends on how you're affirming it. if its affirmation by definition (solely a priori) than yes mermaid is a valid term.

    if you need affirmation by appeal to objective verifiable empirical evidence then its probably not

    its like the god of the ontological argument
    Btw, if that double entendre in the last sentence was intended.......pretty clever.
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    (Original post by Mambo No. 5)
    Btw, if that double entendre in the last sentence was intended.......pretty clever.
    :cool:

    yeah i hadn't actually noticed till you pointed it out
 
 
 
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