A Modus Tollens is a Rule of Inference under which the Antecedent of a Conditional is rejected if and only if the Consequent of the Conditional is rejected.
- AKA: Denying the Consequent
- It can be expressed as If P, then Q. ¬Q. Therefore, ¬P.
- "If an intruder is detected, the alarm goes off. The alarm does not go off. Therefore, no intruder is detected.
- All men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore, Socrates is mortal. (Affirming the Antecedent)
- All men are mortal. Socrates is mortal. Therefore, Socrates is a man. (Affirming the Consequent).
- See: Modus Ponens, Valid Deductive Argument, Deductive Logic Framework.
- (Wikipedia, 2009) ⇒ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modus_tollens
- In logic, modus tollendo tollens (Latin for "the way that denies by denying") is the formal name for indirect proof or proof by contraposition ...
- In classical logic, modus tollens (or modus tollendo tollens) (Latin for "the way that denies by denying") has the following argument form: If P, then Q. ¬Q. Therefore, ¬P.
- It can also be referred to as denying the consequent, and is a valid form of argument (unlike similarly-named but invalid arguments such as affirming the consequent or denying the antecedent). (See also modus ponens or "affirming the antecedent".)
- Modus tollens is sometimes confused with indirect proof (assuming the negation of the proposition to be proved and showing that this leads to a contradiction) or proof by contrapositive (proving If P, then Q by a proof of the equivalent contrapositive If not-Q, then not-P).
- Consider an example: If an intruder is detected, the alarm goes off. The alarm does not go off. Therefore, no intruder is detected.
- Every use of modus tollens can be converted to a use of modus ponens and one use of transposition to the premise which is a material implication.
- An valid form of argument in which the consequent of a conditional proposition is denied, thus implying the denial of the antecedent. ...
- CYC Glossary http://www.cyc.com/cycdoc/ref/glossary.html
- modus tollens: A rule of inference which can be derived from modus ponens under which, given a knowledge base which contains the formulas "Not B" and "A implies B", one may conclude "Not A".
- modus tollens means "a way of destroying;" symbolically: "If p, then q; not-q; therefore,not-p. (Study 4)
- Modus Tollens: Consists of a conditional statement and one other premise. The second premise denies the consequent of the conditional, yielding the denied antecedent as the conclusion: IF (IF p THEN q) AND (not-q) THEN (not-p).