chapter  4
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The Justification of Deduction

Among real inferences he distinguishes between ‘ratiocinations’ and ‘inductions’—deductive and inductive inferences. Deduction occupies the remainder of Book ii, induction is the topic of Book iii. Since Mill identifies deduction with syllogistic reasoning, the question becomes, ‘whether, and in what sense’ the syllogism is ‘a real process of Reasoning or Inference’ (VII 163).