Logic: Or, the Morphology of Knowledge - Vol. 1

Logic: Or, the Morphology of Knowledge - Vol. 1

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Logic: Or, the Morphology of Knowledge - Vol. 1

Logic: Or, the Morphology of Knowledge - Vol. 1

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The conception of Logical Science, which has been my guide in the present work, is that of an unprejudiced study of the forms of knowledge in their development, their inter-connection, and their comparative value as embodiments of truth. If an attempt founded on such a conception appears to err by over-ambitiousness, I can only plead that an honest effort in the right direction does not depend for its value solely on its intrinsic success. It is at any rate a heavy wager laid by the author on his judgment of the true aim and future of his science, and may attain results as a suggestion which it misses as an achievement.

In the present centrifugal state of logical research, no undertaking, perhaps, can be entirely valueless which aims at reintroducing some sort of unity into the enquiry. Such an aim is necessarily involved in the idea of a single connected science of logical processes and products. It has therefore been my object to maintain the central identity of judgment and reasoning throughout, and in no case to permit the variety of applications due to diversity of matter to interrupt the connection and sub- ordination demanded by unity of principle. Although in periods of transition logical science has been most effectually advanced by detached discussion, in separate chapters, 'books,' or volumes, of Inductive or experimental method, of equational reasoning, and of the Logic of Chance, yet it seems plain that a time must come when the various cases and species of inference shall fall into their respective places as organic members within the intellectual whole. But when this transformation is effected it is necessary that they should lose something of their interesting peculiarity and novelty; and it is natural, from the difficulty of the task, that they should . . .

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