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, is the branch of logic that studies ways of joining and/or modifying entire propositions, statements or sentences to form more complicated propositions, statements or sentences, as well as the logical relationships and properties that are derived from these methods of combining or altering statements.
In propositional logic, the simplest statements are considered as indivisible units, and hence, propositional logic does not study those logical properties and relations that depend upon parts of statements that are not themselves statements on their own, such as the subject and predicate of a statement.
For example, both of the following statements are true: Here, the first example is true but the second example is false.
Classical truth-functional propositional logic is by far the most widely studied branch of propositional logic, and for this reason, most of the remainder of this article focuses exclusively on this area of logic.
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A logical operator is said to be on the truth or falsity of the statements from which they are constructed.
287 BCE), did recognize a need for the development of a doctrine of "complex" or "hypothetical" propositions, that is, those involving conjunctions (statements joined by "and"), disjunctions (statements joined by "or") and conditionals (statements joined by "if...
then..."), but their investigations into this branch of logic seem to have been very minor.