Studia Logica

, Volume 88, Issue 1, pp 67–84 | Cite as

Logic and Reasoning: do the facts matter?

  • Johan van BenthemEmail author


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.


Psychologism Psychology of reasoning Dynamic logic Interaction Self-correction Cognitive science 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ILLCUniversiteit van AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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