Mood Baroco, Avicenna’s proof of it, and reasoning by means of models

Miguel López-Astorga

Institute of Humanistic Studies “Juan Ignacio Molina”, University of Talca, Chile.


 Volume 10, Number 2, 2018 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v10n2.02

Received November 11, 2017; Revised January 09, 2018; Accepted January 15, 2018; Published May 06,  2018.


In several works, the mental models theory has been used in order to check whether or not some ancient logics are more related to the actual human reasoning than standard or classical logic. In this paper, I try to make further analyses in this direction. In particular, I address mood Baroco in Aristotelian logic and the proof of it by Avicenna. My conclusions refer to that, apart from the fact that it is true that the mental models theory can indicate the possible cognitive scope that can be attributed to Aristotelian logic, both the initial version of Baroco and Avicenna’s proof of that mood can also be very useful research instruments to help us explore and develop some particular aspects of the mentioned theory.

Keywords: Aristotelian logic; Avicenna; Baroco; mental models; reasoning

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