Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Universal generalization, logic: under the condition that an arbitrarily chosen object x has a certain property F, one can conclude that every object has the property F. Logical form I-a > b -> I-a > (a)b. Explanation If a formula a states something about an individual a (which can be x, y ...), and b follows from a, then b is also valid for all individuals mentioned in a by a. (See Hughes/Cresswell, 1978, p. 121). The universal generalization allows to introduce a universal quantifier. See also universal instantiation, existential generalization.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.
Author Item    More concepts for author
Lewis, David Universal Generalization   Lewis, David
Nozick, Robert Universal Generalization   Nozick, Robert

Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-09-23