An Introduction to Sorites
Sorites (derives from Greek word soros, meaning “a heap”), refers to the medium of argumentOpens in new window in which a great number of propositionsOpens in new window are so linked together, that the predicateOpens in new window of one becomes continually the subject of the next following, until at last a conclusion is drawn by bringing together the subject of the first proposition and the predicate of the last.
William DuncanOpens in new window in his ‘Elements of Logick’ provided the following example of a sorites:
Sorites as a climactic device in Rhetoric
In rhetoric, Sorites is also known as gradatio which refers to the accumulation of ascending chain of events. This device is particularly evident in 2 Peter 1, where we have an ascending chain of virtues that eventually culminates to the supreme virtue — Christian love. Sorites in this very form merely involves repetition, something near to the heart of Asiatic rhetoric. It usually occurs in the structure of A … B, B … C, C … D, and so on.