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A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive

A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive
Being a Connected View of the Principles of Evidence, and the Methods of Scientific Investigation

Volume 1


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Philosophy

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108040884

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  • This two-volume work, first published in 1843, was John Stuart Mill's first major book. It reinvented the modern study of logic and laid the foundations for his later work in the areas of political economy, women's rights and representative government. In clear, systematic prose, Mill (1806–73) disentangles syllogistic logic from its origins in Aristotle and scholasticism and grounds it instead in processes of inductive reasoning. An important attempt at integrating empiricism within a more general theory of human knowledge, the work constitutes essential reading for anyone seeking a full understanding of Mill's thought. Volume 1 contains Mill's introduction, which elaborates upon his definition of logic as 'not the science of Belief, but the science of Proof, or Evidence'. It also features discussions of the central components of logical reasoning - propositions and syllogisms - in relation to Mill's theories of inductive reasoning and experimental method.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108040884
    • length: 602 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Book I. Of Names and Propositions:
    1. Of the necessity of commencing with an analysis of language
    2. Of names
    3. Of the things denoted by names
    4. Of propositions
    5. Of the import of propositions
    6. Of propositions merely verbal
    7. Of the nature of classification, and the five predicables
    8. Of definition
    Book II. Of Reasoning:
    1. Of inference, or reasoning, in general
    2. Of ratiocination, or syllogism
    3. Of the functions, and logical value, of the syllogism
    4. Of trains of reasoning, and deductive sciences
    5. Of demonstration, and necessary truths
    6. The same subject continued
    Book III. Of Induction:
    1. Preliminary observations on induction in general
    2. Of inductions improperly so called
    3. On the ground of induction
    4. Of laws of nature
    5. Of the law of universal causation
    6. Of the composition of causes
    7. Of observation and experiment
    8. Of the four methods of experimental inquiry
    9. Miscellaneous examples of the four methods
    10. Of plurality of causes
    and of the intermixture of effects
    11. Of the deductive method
    12. Of the explanation of laws of nature
    13. Miscellaneous examples of the explanation of laws of nature.

  • Author

    John Stuart Mill

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