Logic Knowledge

The Monist 72 (1):78-116 (1989)
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In “Real Logic in Philosophy” I argued that the study of logic be conceived to be the study of the human faculty for correct reasoning. I relabeled the field of study, as well as the object studied, “real logic”- thereby introducing an ambiguity akin to that found with ‘grammar’. ‘Grammar’ is a term for both a field of study and for the object studied. The parallel to grammar and ‘grammar’ was not accidental. I proposed that the faculty for correct reasoning is analogous to the faculty for natural language understanding. So, just as one’s knowlege of a NL can be usefully thought of as an “internalized” grammar, so one’s faculty for Reasoning Logically—or for “real logic” —can be thought of as an “internalized” system. The faculty for correct inference is, then, an internalized real logic.



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