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Exposing Fake Logic
Avi Sion

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Exposing Fake Logic by Avi Sion is a collection of essays written after publication of his book A Fortiori Logic, in which he critically responds to derivative work by other authors who claim to know better. This is more than just polemics; but allows further clarifications of a fortiori logic and of general logic.
This collection includes essays on: a fortiori argument (in general and in Judaism); Luis Duarte D’Almeida; Mahmoud Zeraatpishe; Michael Avraham (et al.); an anonymous reviewer of BDD (a Bar Ilan University journal); and self-publishing. None of these essays were previously published in print, although most of them were posted online.


What is ‘fake logic’? This is more than just erroneous logic, due to ignorance and/or incompetence; it is logical theory or practice involving dishonesty of some sort at some stage. The dishonesty may be (a) the driving force of the logic put forward, a more or less conscious attempt at manipulation; or it may be (b) manifest ex post facto, when the author of it refuses to admit error when it is pointed out and refuses to retract his (or her) claims. In such cases, the logician concerned may be termed a ‘fake logician’, even if some of his work may also contain some valid and even valuable claims. The fake logician is someone who has not fully assimilated the objective, scientific dimension of logic studies; he thinks logic is something malleable at will, which he can put at the service of his personal or ideological purposes.
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Exposing Fake Logic

Published 2018 by Avi Sion in Geneva, Switzerland .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
1. A Fortiori Argument, in General and in Judaism 12
1. Formalization of a fortiori argument 13
2. Validation of a fortiori argument 18
3. Arguments involving proportionality 27
4. A few words on the history 40
5. Mishna Baba Qama 2:5 41
6. Gemara Baba Qama 25a-b 49
2. Luis Duarte D’Almeida 55
1. A second-hand conception 55
2. A second-rate conception 81
3. Examples used 102
4. With stronger reason, literally? 111
5. A Peter Keating performance 137
3. Mahmoud Zeraatpishe 151
1. Introduction 151
2. Cases proposed by Zeraatphishe 155
3. Summary of results 184
4. Fake general claims 190
5. Apologetic nonsense 196
4. Michael Avraham, et al. 206
1. About “translation” 207
2. About deduction 212
3. Past attempts 218
4. A fortiori argument? 223
5. In denial 229
5. Bar Ilan’s Journal, BDD 237
1. Submission and rejection of an article 237
2. 1st retort to the anonymous referee 243
3. 2nd retort to the anonymous referee 265
4. Torah and science 271
6. Self-Publishing and Other-Publishing 277
1. A bit of history 277
2. Weaknesses and abuses of the system 279
3. On academe 284
4. Publishing attempts 287
5. On librarians 290
6. On historians 293
Main References 299

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