Logic and Reasoning: do the facts matter?
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- van Benthem, J. Stud Logica (2008) 88: 67. doi:10.1007/s11225-008-9101-1
Modern logic is undergoing a cognitive turn, side-stepping Frege’s ‘antipsychologism’. Collaborations between logicians and colleagues in more empirical fields are growing, especially in research on reasoning and information update by intelligent agents. We place this border-crossing research in the context of long-standing contacts between logic and empirical facts, since pure normativity has never been a plausible stance. We also discuss what the fall of Frege’s Wall means for a new agenda of logic as a theory of rational agency, and what might then be a viable understanding of ‘psychologism’ as a friend rather than an enemy of logical theory.
KeywordsPsychologism Psychology of reasoning Dynamic logic Interaction Self-correction Cognitive science
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