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A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and by John Stuart Mill

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A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and by John Stuart Mill
The Project Gutenberg EBook of A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive, by John Stuart Mill This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive 7th Edition, Vol. I Author: John Stuart Mill Release Date: February 27, 2011 [EBook #35420]

A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and by John Stuart Mill

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Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A SYSTEM OF LOGIC, VOL 1 *** Produced by David Clarke, Stephen H. Sentoff and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net (This file was produced from images generously made available by The Internet Archive/Canadian Libraries) A SYSTEM OF LOGIC RATIOCINATIVE AND INDUCTIVE VOL. I. A SYSTEM OF LOGIC RATIOCINATIVE AND INDUCTIVE BEING A CONNECTED VIEW OF THE PRINCIPLES OF EVIDENCE AND THE METHODS OF SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION BY JOHN STUART MILL IN TWO VOLUMES VOL. I. SEVENTH EDITION LONDON: LONGMANS, GREEN, READER, AND DYER

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MDCCCLXVIII PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION. This book makes no pretence of giving to the world a new theory of the intellectual operations. Its claim to attention, if it possess any, is grounded on the fact that it is an attempt not to supersede, but to embody and systematize, the best ideas which have been either promulgated on its subject by speculative writers, or conformed to by accurate thinkers in their scientific inquiries. To cement together the detached fragments of a subject, never yet treated as a whole; to harmonize the true portions of discordant theories, by supplying the links of thought necessary to connect them, and by disentangling them from the errors with which they are always more or less interwoven; must necessarily require a considerable amount of original speculation. To other originality than this, the present work lays no claim. In the existing state of the cultivation of the sciences, there would be a very strong presumption against any one who should imagine that he had effected a revolution in the theory of the investigation of truth, or added any fundamentally new process to the practice of it. The improvement which remains to be effected in the methods of philosophizing (and the author believes that they have much need of improvement) can only consist in performing, more systematically and accurately, operations with which, at least in their elementary form, the human intellect in some one or other of its employments is already familiar. In the portion of the work which treats of Ratiocination, the author has not deemed it necessary to enter into technical details which may be obtained in so perfect a shape from the existing treatises on what is termed the Logic of the Schools. In the contempt entertained by many modern philosophers for the syllogistic art, it will be seen that he by no means participates; though the scientific theory on which its defence is usually rested appears to him erroneous: and the view which he has suggested of the nature and functions of the Syllogism may, perhaps, afford the means of conciliating the principles of the art with as much as is well grounded in the doctrines

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and objections of its assailants. The same abstinence from details could not be observed in the First Book, on Names and Propositions; because many useful principles and distinctions which were contained in the old Logic, have been gradually omitted from the writings of its later teachers; and it appeared desirable both to revive these, and to reform and rationalize the...
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