Logica Universalis

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 241-254

First online:

Is Logic Necessary?

  • Gregory McColmAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics, University of South Florida Email author 

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“Logic” entails both a toolkit for dealing with situations requiring precision, and a prescription for a type of public reasoning. A sufficiently extended society facing a stream of genuinely novel opportunities and challenges will benefit from an ability to generate and encourage the use of such reasoning systems to deal with these opportunities and challenges. The study of “logic” is the result of using the toolkit on itself, which would appear to be a necessary and not unnatural step for a society developing sufficient familiarity with the toolkit. Many societies have developed something like logic, and past and present use of logic-like toolkits in learning situations and transmission of skills suggests that many societies will develop something like logic.

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

Primary 00A30 Secondary: 01A80 03A10


Anthropology of logic cultural frames folk logic linguistic frames objective reasoning origins of logic sequential learning task hierarchies