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### Single Idea 21588

#### [catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / A. Overview of Logic / 3. Value of Logic]

Full Idea

Logic gives the method of research in philosophy, just as mathematics gives the method in physics.

Gist of Idea

Logic gives the method of research in philosophy

Source

Bertrand Russell (Our Knowledge of the External World [1914], 8)

A Reaction

I'm struck by how rarely philosophers actually prove anything. Mostly they just use the language of logic as a tool for disambiguation. Only a tiny handful of philosophers can actually create sustained and novel proofs.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Our Knowledge of the External World' [Routledge 1993], p.243