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Single Idea 19256

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / C. Ontology of Logic / 1. Ontology of Logic]

Full Idea

Every attempt to understand anything at least hopes that the very objects of study themselves are subject to a logic more or less identical with that which we employ.

Gist of Idea

Our research always hopes that reality embodies the logic we are employing


Charles Sanders Peirce (Reasoning and the Logic of Things [1898], VIII)

Book Reference

Peirce,Charles Sanders: 'Reasoning and the Logic of Things', ed/tr. Ketner,K.L. [Harvard 1992], p.257

A Reaction

The idea that external objects might be subject to a logic has become very unfashionable since Frege, but I love the idea. I'm inclined to think that we derive our logic from the world, so I'm a bit more confident that Peirce.