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The Importance of Logic and Philosophy

By August 20, 2006

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Few people in society today spend much time studying either philosophy of logic. This is unfortunate because so much relies on both: philosophy is a fundamental component to all areas of human inquiry while logic is the fundamental basis on which philosophy itself can be done.

In Issue 51 of Philosophy Now, Rick Lewis writes an editorial about why logic and philosophy are so vital:

Above all, the aim of studying the structure of arguments is to think more clearly. This is the aim of critical thinking. The idea is to look at the argument for some position, see if you can identify its precise logical form, and then examine that form to see where it might have weaknesses. ...

Just as philosophy in a sense underlies all other branches of human enquiry, so logic is the most fundamental branch of philosophy. Philosophy is based on reasoning, and logic is the study of what makes a sound argument, and also of the kind of mistakes we can make in reasoning. So study logic and you will become a better philosopher and a clearer thinker generally.

Thinking clearly is important to everyone every day of their lives. At least, it should be ó who wants to think un-clearly or incoherently? That should mean, however, that people would want to spend time learning how to think clearly and practicing so that they can improve. We donít really see that occurring, though, do we? Itís curious that something which is so fundamental to everything we do should occupy so little of our time and attention.

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May 17, 2006 at 4:06 pm
(1) Ngozi says:

i want importance of logic

August 14, 2011 at 9:05 am
(2) Victor says:

I think the most outstanding importance is the fact that it helps us to think correctly know the common errors in thinking and ways to correct such errors. It helps in making us give valid,legal and acceptable explanation that can stand the text of time no matter where it is been applied

June 18, 2009 at 12:58 am
(3) renz says:

show me importance of logic

June 16, 2011 at 6:59 am
(4) talin says:

we should always base on facts..

June 21, 2009 at 4:20 am
(5) piolo says:

where is the importance of logic nad philosophy?

June 22, 2009 at 7:12 am
(6) nhel says:

hi???

were is the importance of philosophy

June 26, 2009 at 3:19 am
(7) enaid says:

naaahhhhhhhh………
where’s the importance of the logic??

September 14, 2009 at 5:02 am
(8) kratz says:

Gud day!Where can i find te importance of logic? Thanks!!!

October 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm
(9) olamide says:

with logic u can rule the world

November 7, 2009 at 10:29 pm
(10) joza says:

list down the importance of logic!!!!!

November 8, 2009 at 5:29 am
(11) sese says:

duh!?

November 9, 2009 at 4:46 am
(12) rhea says:

what’s the importance of logic in philosophy?

November 12, 2009 at 10:40 pm
(13) jossie amor says:

where is thE importance of logic?
i think it’s incomplete..

November 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm
(14) amor says:

incomplete ah. i was not satisfied!

November 20, 2009 at 10:31 am
(15) Glory says:

What is the relevance of philosophy and logic to an accountant

November 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm
(16) bunmi says:

sorry please,it is the importance of philosophy and logic to an accountant that i really need

January 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm
(17) Yhetty says:

Kindly state the relevant of logic

February 17, 2010 at 5:42 am
(18) nickzomark says:

Good day could you please list down the importance of logic

February 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm
(19) Akoh Faith says:

Comment extensively on the benefit of the study of logic.

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