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Mishnah, Analogical-Contrastive Reasoning in
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The paramount mode of reasoning in the halakhic process, represented by the Mishnah, can be referred to as “analogical-contrastive.” The logic may be expressed very simply. All persons, things, or actions that fall within a single species of a given genus in a uniform system of classification follow a single rule. All persons, things, or actions that fall within a different species of that same given genus in a uniform system of classification follow precisely the opposite rule. Stated in gross …

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Neusner, Jacob, “Mishnah, Analogical-Contrastive Reasoning in”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 22 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_DUM_0007>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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