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Single Idea 21569

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / C. Capacities of Minds / 5. Generalisation by mind]

Full Idea

It is a good thing to generalise any truth as much as possible.

Gist of Idea

It is good to generalise truths as much as possible


Bertrand Russell (Philosophical Implications of Mathematical logic [1911], p.289)

A Reaction

An interesting claim, which seems to have a similar status to Ockham's Razor. Its best justification is pragmatic, and concerns strategies for coping with a big messy world. Russell's defence is in 'as much as possible'.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Essays in Analysis', ed/tr. Lackey,Douglas [George Braziller 1973], p.289

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