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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 2


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Philosophy

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108040891

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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. Continuing the discussion of induction, Volume 2 concludes with Book VI, 'On the Logic of the Moral Sciences', in which Mill applies empirical reasoning to human behaviour. A crucial early formulation of his thinking regarding free will and necessity, this book establishes the centrality of 'the social science' to Mill's philosophy.

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108040891
    • length: 642 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Book III. On Induction (continued):
    14. Of the limits to the explanation of laws of nature
    and of hypotheses
    15. Of progressive effects
    and of the continued action of causes
    16. Of empirical laws
    17. Of chance, and its elimination
    18. Of the calculation of chances
    19. Of the extension of derivative laws to adjacent cases
    20. Of analogy
    21. Of the evidence of the law of universal causation
    22. Of uniformities of co-existence not dependent upon causation
    23. Of approximate generalizations, and probable evidence
    24. Of the remaining laws of nature
    25. Of the grounds of disbelief
    Book IV. Of Operations Subsidiary to Induction:
    1. Of observation, and description
    2. Of abstraction, of the formation of conceptions
    3. Of naming, as subsidiary to induction
    4. Of the requisites of a philosophical language
    and the principles of definition
    5. Of the natural history of the variations in the meaning of terms
    6. The principles of a philosophical language further considered
    7. Of classification, as subsidiary to induction
    8. Of classification by series
    Book V. On Fallacies:
    1. Of fallacies in general
    2. Classification of fallacies
    3. Fallacies of simple inspection, or à priori fallacies
    4. Fallacies of observation
    5. Fallacies of generalization
    6. Fallacies of ratiocination
    7. Fallacies of confusion
    Book VI. On the Logic of the Moral Sciences:
    1. Introductory remarks
    2. Of liberty and necessity
    3. That there is, or may be, a science of human nature
    4. Of the laws of mind
    5. Of ethology, or the science of the formation of character
    6. General considerations on the social science
    7. Of the chemical, or experimental method in the social science
    8. Of the geometrical, or abstract method
    9. Of the physical, or concrete deductive method
    10. Of the inverse deductive, or historical method
    11. Of the logic of practice, or art
    including morality and policy.

  • Author

    John Stuart Mill

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