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[12] There is another form of conclusion which is not actually identical with the major premise, but has the same force “Death is nothing to us, for that which is dissolved into its elements is devoid of' feeling, and that which is devoid of feeling is nothing to us.” There is a third form in which the major premise and the conclusion are different. “All animate things are better than inanimate, but there is nothing better than the universe, wherefore the universe is animate.” It may be thought that in this case there is no real major premise, since it would be possible to state the reasoning in the following form: “The universe is animate, for all things animate are better than inanimate,” etcetera.

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