Analysis versus laws boole’s explanatory psychologism versus his explanatory anti-psychologism

History and Philosophy of Logic 18 (3):151-163 (1997)
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This paper discusses George Boole’s two distinct approaches to the explanatory relationship between logical and psychological theory. It is argued that, whereas in his first book he attributes a substantive role to psychology in the foundation of logical theory, in his second work he abandons that position in favour of a linguistically conceived foundation. The early Boole espoused a type of psychologism and later came to adopt a type of anti-psychologism. To appreciate this invites a far-reaching reassessment of his philosophy of logic



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Nicla Vassallo
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