The Technique of Controversy: Principles of Dynamic Logic

The Technique of Controversy: Principles of Dynamic Logic

The Technique of Controversy: Principles of Dynamic Logic

The Technique of Controversy: Principles of Dynamic Logic

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When the author was engaged in writing this book, he was often asked what he was writing about. The answer that the book was going to be about certain problems of logic almost invariably brought the reply: "About logic? But why have you chosen such an abstract topic? Why not write about something closer to life and more useful?"

The position of logic in public opinion is indeed peculiar. On the one hand, compliments, like "He has such a logical mind!", and rebukes, like "Where is your logic?", are quite common and effective. On the other hand, logic as a science or academic subject has the reputation of being something antiquated, scholastic in a bad sense, and utterly divorced from life.

This has led the writer to state emphatically at the outset that the book, at least in its purpose, is primarily practical both in a broad and in a narrow sense of the word.

In fact, this book had its origin in the writer's attempt to find for himself some guiding thread in the maze of modern reasoning, sometimes so puzzling. The whole book is a continuous effort to work out practical devices for the solution of the concrete problems which confront us in actual everyday thinking.

This practical aspect of Dynamic Logic must be constantly borne in mind, lest its whole conception be seen in the wrong light.

In spite of its name and the position which it holds in a book the Preface is usually the last thing to be . . .

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