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November 1, 2011

The limitations of logic

by Neil Rickert

Why I am a heretic(2)

In an earlier post, I suggested that part of why the way I look at things is different from that of traditional philosophy, is because philosophers place so much emphasis on logic to the exclusion of other approaches.  Today, I want to discuss what I see as the limitations imposed by logic.

I’ll begin by reminding the reader that I am a mathematician.  The way that mathematicians use logic is different from the way that it is often used in philosophy.  Some people distinguish between the two by using the expression “philosophic logic” to refer to the use of logic within traditional philosophy.  The reader should be warned that my view of the limitations of logic is colored by my background as a mathematician.

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