Comma/No Comma

Hello, everyone,

The following is from A DICTIONARY OF PHILOSOPHICAL LOGIC by Roy T. Cook.

FALLACY  OF  DIVISION:    The  fallacy  of  division  is  the  informal fallacy that occurs when the reasoner illicitly moves from a premise asserting that some object, as a whole, has a certain property, to the conclusion  that  the  parts  of  the  object  have  same  property individually.

The comma after ‘property’ seems wrong to me. My reason for that is that if I come up with a sentence of the same structure, however shorter in length, it won’t require a comma. For instance,

1. His journey from being an average student to a brilliant one was short.

Thanks.

PS: By the way, do I need to set off the part 'from ....one' in commas?

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Hi, Ahmad,

I want you to know that I appreciate your love of philosophical literature. In case you don't already know this, I majored in philosophy as an undergraduate.

ahmad posted:

Hello, everyone,

The following is from A DICTIONARY OF PHILOSOPHICAL LOGIC by Roy T. Cook.

FALLACY  OF  DIVISION:    The  fallacy  of  division  is  the  informal fallacy that occurs when the reasoner illicitly moves from a premise asserting that some object, as a whole, has a certain property, to the conclusion  that  the  parts  of  the  object  have  same  property individually.

The comma after ‘property’ seems wrong to me.

I agree with you that the comma after "property" runs contrary to contemporary punctuation convention. I don't find it "wrong" in itself, since it is placed where a slight pause very naturally occurs in speech; but it is contrary to contemporary convention, and I would have recommended its deletion had I copy-edited the piece.

P.S. The answer to your postscript is "No, you shouldn't."

David,
Thanks a lot for the clarification.
 
davidmoderator posted:

I majored in philosophy as an undergraduate..

That is great and, of course, abundantly apparent.

PS: Since DocV and Gustavo don't seem to have any interest in decorations, it is time I took the opportunity myself. ♠

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