This is a training module for learning about syllogisms.
There are 2 modes to work with; 'Easy' and 'Difficult'. At the top right you can toggle between the 2 modes. In easy mode you will be able to see the info in the 'premises' field, the items in the dropdown box for 'Mood' will be color-coded (green background) to help you identify which syllogisms are valid, the conclusion for the 'Mood-Figure' combination will be visible, the tooltips (for the texts in blue color) will show and the 2 panels ('Overview of Valid Syllogisms' and 'Overview of Fallacies'; the cheatsheets) will be visible.
If you need help, hover the mouse over the 'blue' text (when in 'easy' mode) to get some instant assistance.
At the start (or when you click the
button) the top field with 'Major Premise' and 'Minor Premise' will be randomly filled with 2 premises and a conclusion beneath.
It is up to you to analyze the premises and its conclusion and make the appropriate selections in the section below that.
- First decide whether the conclusion is valid or not and check the 'Invalid' or 'Valid' button.
- Second, select the 'Mood' and 'Figure' of the syllogism. If you are not familiar with these concepts, it is suggested to study this first as it can be quiet daunting. You can get some instant info using the tooltips or going to the cheatsheets ('Overview of Valid Syllogisms' and 'Overview of Fallacies'). A lot of excellent documentation is available on Wikipedia.
- Next, decide if the syllogism has any fallacies and if so, tick those. Again, instant info is available via the tooltips.
Lastly, if you made all your selections, click the
button so see your results. If you correctly identified the validity, mood, figure, and all its fallacies, a score of 100% is awarded. For each item you miss or each incorrectly ticked fallacy points are deducted.