Modus Dolens

A yet innominate mode of inference has become so frequent in certain quarters that the time has come to fashion a suitable name for it. The scheme of thought in question goes a bit like this:

If A, then B.
Not B.
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But A simply has to be ❢❢❢

I know some scholars will insist that it ought to be called “modus dolendo dolens” or something like that, but let’s not be pedantic.

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5 Responses to Modus Dolens

  1. Reza says:

    Will modus dolens still be valid if A and B were not necessarily related?

    • Jon Awbrey says:

      Oh, there is nothing valid about this particular sillygism. It was meant as a joke, satirizing a manner of thinking that refuses to accept a logical conclusion. My pidgin Latin phrase “Modus Dolens” was intended to suggest “Way of Pain” or “Way of Sorrow”.

  2. Poor Richard says:

    Isn’t this already called truthiness?

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