Modus Tollendo Tollens

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Proof Rule

The modus tollendo tollens is a valid deduction sequent in propositional logic.


Proof Rule

If we can conclude $\phi \implies \psi$, and we can also conclude $\neg \psi$, then we may infer $\neg \phi$.


Sequent Form

The Modus Tollendo Tollens can be symbolised by the sequent:

$p \implies q, \neg q \vdash \neg p$


Explanation

The Modus Tollendo Tollens can be expressed in natural language as:

If the truth of one statement implies the truth of a second, and the second is shown not to be true, then neither can the first be true.


Also known as

Modus Tollendo Tollens is also known as:

  • Modus tollens
  • Denying the consequent.


Also see

The following are related argument forms:


The Rule of Transposition is conceptually similar, and can be derived from the MTT by a simple application of the Rule of Implication.


These are classic fallacies:


Linguistic Note

Modus Tollendo Tollens is Latin for mode that by denying, denies.

The shorter form Modus Tollens means mode that denies.


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