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

Full Idea

I think Wittgenstein is right when he says (in the 'Tractatus') that logic consists wholly of tautologies.

Gist of Idea

Wittgenstein is right that logic is just tautologies


report of Ludwig Wittgenstein (Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus [1921]) by Bertrand Russell - My Philosophical Development Ch.10

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'My Philosophical Development' [Routledge 1993], p.88

A Reaction

Despite Russell's support, I find this hard to accept. While a 'pure' or 'Platonist' logic may be hard to demonstrate or believe, I have a strong gut feeling that logic is more of a natural phenomenon than a human convention.