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Single Idea 21595

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / D. Assumptions for Logic / 2. Excluded Middle]

Full Idea

The law of excluded middle is ...the maxim of the definite understanding, which would fain avoid contradiction, but in doing so falls into it.

Gist of Idea

Excluded middle is the maxim of definite understanding, but just produces contradictions


Georg W.F.Hegel (Logic (from Encyclopaedia) [1817], p.172), quoted by Timothy Williamson - Vagueness 1.5

A Reaction

Not sure how this works, but he would say this, wouldn't he?

Book Reference

Williamson,Timothy: 'Vagueness' [Routledge 1996], p.35