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

Full Idea

Today, the tendency among philosophers is to assume that in no sense does logic itself have an empirical foundation. I believe this tendency is wrong.

Gist of Idea

Unfashionably, I think logic has an empirical foundation


Hilary Putnam (Philosophy of Logic [1971], Ch.9)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Philosophy of Logic' [Routledge 1972], p.76

A Reaction

I agree, not on the basis of indispensability to science, but on the basis of psychological processes that lead from experience to logic. Russell and Quine are Putnam's allies here, and Frege is his opponent. Putnam developed a quantum logic.