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April 11, 2018

Reasoning

Just came across one of those marvels, nay, marbles: “Your logic is right”.

Let’s leave aside that the person who this accolade was bestowed upon didn’t employ logic. They stated an opinion. A variety of which you can find on many a blogger’s armchair wisdom of how to deal with world affairs. Why some of them aren’t ashamed of both stating the obvious or think that their three short paragraphs amateur assessment of how best to handle the Syrian conflict (for example) holds water in a balloon easily punctured, I don’t know. Actually, I do know. It’s called inflation. Of what? Don’t ask. I have more needles than time to prick balloons.

Yes, so, “Your logic is right”, the innocent sycophant tells their blogging icon. My question, and it’s a genuine one, not least one for Looney: Can logic ever be wrong? Or isn’t logic, by its definition* and when employed correctly, always right?

U

*”logic – reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity”. Up to and including “strict principles” my world was in order. “… of validity”? It’s a bit like a slippery and very lively eel wriggling its way to freedom and confounds all I think logic stands for.

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4 Comments »

  1. By definition, logic is always right. Except many people employ poor methods in their logic so it’s not actually logic and it is wrong

    Comment by kylie — April 11, 2018 @ 22:56 | Reply

  2. Logic is always right if the person employing the logic has all of the information required to track the matter to its close. Armed with insufficient data or incorrect data logic may lead you in the right direction but not to the exact answer. Logic would dictate the Republicans in the USA would have little trouble passing laws since they control the Presidency and both houses of Congress but as we have seen, that is not the case.

    Comment by Chuck McConvey — April 12, 2018 @ 00:51 | Reply

  3. My first take on this is that logic usually concerns itself with whether something is ‘true’ or ‘false’. ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ are in the domain of morals. A separate observation is that ‘logic’ by itself is just a noun and logic doesn’t apply to nouns – only sentences with a certain degree of specificity (see Aristotle’s On Rhetoric). Thus, “firing chemical weapons into villages may cause terrible injuries to children” is ‘true’, but not ‘right’ per my moral code. On the other hand, “president Trump was proven to be the most faithful to his wife of all American presidents”, is undoubtedly ‘false’, but I would most likely deem that as a ‘right’ action of Trump if he were somehow able to achieve this.

    The classical Academic philosophers pointed out that every act of evil is backed by logic, thus, they speculated as to whether or not logic might be evil, and not merely ‘wrong’. (See Cicero, On The Nature of the Gods.) My view is that logic is morally neutral, and thus neither ‘right’ nor ‘wrong’, until employed for good or evil.

    Thus, “Ur logic is right” can only mean that U employ reason exclusively for the greater good of the U-niverse. I would take that in the most positive sense.

    Comment by Looney — April 12, 2018 @ 03:03 | Reply

  4. Syria and logic? I haven’t seen any sign of it ever since the problems started there.

    Comment by rummuser — April 12, 2018 @ 10:54 | Reply


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