Aristotle's enthymeme is also known of as the rhetorical syllogism. It is a technique of persuasion, engaging one's emotions, ethics and logic by using rhetoric. By Doug Frame on Jan 20, 2010
In explaining this device Aristotle references his Rhetoric, Prior Analytics, and Topics as well as other of his books. While Aristotle did not favor using persuasion in an unethical fashion, it became necessary to explain the enthymeme in order to refute other less ethical enthymemes that were used by some sophists of the time. To understand the enthymeme or rhetorical syllogism one must first understand a syllogism. The Syllogism - Validity and Soundness

A normal syllogism has 2 premises and a conclusion. For example one could say the following: All Men are Mortal (premise)
Socrates is a Man (premise)
Therefore Socrates is a Mortal (conclusion)
This is a valid and sound syllogism. Validity refers to when the conclusion follows from the premises, and a sound argument is a valid argument plus the premises are true. In the enthymeme one line or more in the syllogism is implied, and therefore not explicitly stated. For example in the following truncated syllogism, the premise "Socrates is a Man" is implied, and still the premises and the conclusion are clear. All Men are Mortal (premise)

Therefore Socrates is Mortal (conclusion)
But the enthymeme is not simply based on syllogistic logic, although syllogistic logic is a very important part of it. The enthymeme also tugs at the emotions. Lastly it appeals to ones sense of what is right or wrong (e.g., ethics) How is a syllogism able to accomplish this? The Persuasive Nature of the Enthymeme

The enthymeme is a popular technique of demogogues. People are persuaded to accept as true false beliefs against their will. While such a thing may not seem possible, when one examines the enthymeme one can see why this is so. Central to the enthymeme is understanding logos, pathos, and ethos (e.g., logic, emotion and ethics). First...

...1. Read the chapter syllogism.2. what are kind of syllogism?Types of syllogismAlthough there are infinitely many possible syllogisms, there are only a finite number of logically distinct types. We shall classify and enumerate them below. Note that the syllogisms above share the same abstract form:Major premise: All M are P.Minor premise: All S are M.Conclusion: All S are P.The premises and conclusion of a syllogism can be...

...CATEGORICAL SYLLOGISM
Just as the verbal expression of the IDEA is the TERM, and that of the JUDGMENT is the PROPOSITION, so the verbal expression of DEDUCTIVE REASONING is called ARGUMENTATION. ARGUMENTATION is a discourse which logically deduces one proposition from other propositions. ARGUMENTATION takes the form of a SYLLOGISM. A SYLLOGISM is defined as any argumentation in which, from two propositions called the PREMISES, we conclude a third...

...Standard Form Categorical SyllogismsSYLLOGISMS
* A syllogism is composed of two statements, from which a third one, the conclusion, is inferred.
CATEGORICAL SYLLOGISMS
* Are syllogisms made up of three categorical propositions.
* They are a type of deductive argument, that is, the conclusion (provided the argument form is valid) follows with necessity from the premises.
TWO EXAMPLES OF CATEGORICAL...

...VARIETIES OF CATEGORICAL SYLLOGISM
The previous chapter focused on the simple categorical syllogism. The present chapter deals with other varieties of categorical syllogism which in some arguments will prove useful in arriving at a conclusion. These varieties include the enthymeme, the epichereme, the polysyllogism, the sorites and the dilemma.
The Enthymeme
The enthymeme is an abbreviated or shortened type of categorical...

...story develops, we are given some insight of the different perceptions that the character’s hold for Rebecca along with some interesting syllogisms that provide validity and soundness
Interestingly enough, the author supplies the reader with the intrinsic motives of many of the characters, demonstrating their true nature as one read’s along. The first syllogism we encounter states,“ What strikes us about the second Mrs. de Winter is her timidity, her...

...Kinds of Syllogisms
We focus our discussion to the most important kind of syllogism where we can apply different rules in order to distinguish good or valid syllogisms from invalid ones. These syllogisms are under the category, by comparison to the Inferential Laws.
1. Correct: when it observes the Rules and the legitimate patterns (Figure and Mood) for valid inference.
2. Incorrect: Syllogism that violates one or several...

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Syllogisms & Logic
PART I: SYLLOGISMS
To be a valid syllogism, the conclusion must be proven by the reasons. Carefully study the following syllogisms and decide if they are valid or invalid:
1. All zebras are striped animals.
No zebras are polar bears.
Therefore, no polar bears are striped animals.
2. All clowns are funny individuals.
Some sad people are clowns.
Therefore,...

...Examples: All Filipinos are brown.
Therefore, some non-Filipinos are non-brown.
No seals are reptiles.
Therefore, some non-seals are reptiles.
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CHAPTER V
The Categorical Syllogism
Definition:
Categorical Syllogism
* A verbal expression of an inference.
* It is “an oral or written discourse showing the agreement or disagreement between two terms on the basis of their respective relation to a...