In the present case he assumed, If A exists, then B must exist; giving only one premiss as ground for the inference.
And we cannot reject the premiss while retaining the conclusion.
I doubt their premiss, for I believe we should all of us be better off than we are to-day; but let that pass; 'tis a detail.
I confess that I see no escape from the implied conclusion if the premiss is true.
No doubt the premiss of the formula assumes the conclusion, but it likewise includes as well as assumes it.
The law is the datum or premiss from which we are to advance to an ethical conclusion.
Granted—if the assumption of universal causation is to be termed a premiss, as is that of the uniformity of nature.
Also, that if one premiss is negative, the conclusion will be negative.
The reader will readily see the results which directly follow from Mr. Spencer's premiss.
The logic of this is bad enough, but even the premiss is false.
late 14c., in logic, "a previous proposition from which another follows," from Old French premisse (14c.), from Medieval Latin premissa (propositio or sententia) "(the proposition) set before," noun use of fem. past participle of Latin praemittere "send forward, put before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + mittere "to send" (see mission). In legal documents it meant "matter previously stated" (early 15c.), which in deeds or wills often was a house or building, hence the extended meaning "house or building, with grounds" (1730).
"to state before something else," mid-15c., from premise (n.). Related: Premised; premising.