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Single Idea 16878

[catalogued under 2. Reason / E. Argument / 6. Conclusive Proof]

Full Idea

It is so important, if we are to have a clear insight into what is going on, for us to be able to recognise the premises of every inference which occurs in a proof and the law of inference in accordance with which it takes place.

Gist of Idea

We must be clear about every premise and every law used in a proof


Gottlob Frege (Logic in Mathematics [1914], p.212)

Book Reference

Frege,Gottlob: 'Posthumous Writings', ed/tr. Hermes/Long/White etc [Blackwell 1979], p.212

A Reaction

Teachers of logic like natural deduction, because it reduces everything to a few clear laws, which can be stated at each step.