Saturday, September 14, 2013

Nathan Coppedge is the Inventor of the Categorical Deduction

Here are arguments and supporting evidence for a statement that I am promoting, e.g. that I am the inventor of the most important method of philosophical logic ever invented.

A. As of April 2013, the term 'categorical deduction' was rarely used as a set of connected words. Instances included references to Nathan Coppedge's book, published in January of that year.

B. As the term propogated over the internet over the course of the months since January 2013, I saw many instances of its being misused. For example, when I spoke about the term and related terms on Yahoo! Answers, people often mistakenly believed that it was identical first to a categorical imperative (Immanuel Kant's), and secondly to a categorical syllogism (Aristotle's). In fact, neither of these assumptions is correct. Categorical deduction is a diagrammatic or correspondent, non-causal method of inference.

C. Categorical deduction is a coherent theory method which applies to some degree to any type of information (defined as having a quality) that can be measured as relating to one of any two opposite terms. It is thus utterly different from the categorical imperative, which was specifically a moral claim based on general applied reasoning, rather than a general application which applies a neutral system to language statements.

D. Categorical deduction is not a causal method of inference in the normal sense of the word. It's conclusions often refer to genus categories in a highly absolute sense, but always providing an alternative. However, the alternative has different truth conditions. In this sense, it is highly original. A categorical deduction does not depend on premises in the same way as Aristotelian reasoning. Thus, the distinction between categorical syllogisms and categorical deduction is actually very broad.

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