A System of Logic Ratiocinative and Inductive, Part I (The by John Stuart Mill

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Furthermore, as his first published book, it played a major role in determining the course of his career, for its wide reception gave him prominence and confidence. There is more than technical interest, then, in tracing the course of his logical studies, and the history of the composition of the Logic. a MILL'S EARLY STUDIES OF LOGIC, 1818-30 Mill was first introduced to logic in 1818, when he was twelve, and of all his precocities, it was here, as Bain says, that he was "most markedly in advance of his years.

Hamlyn, "Empiricism," Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (New York: Macmillan, 1967), II, 503. INTRODUCTION XI_ are generalizations from the facts of experience. When Sir William Hamilton says of the laws of identity, contradiction, and excluded middle, "To deny the universal application of the three laws is, in fact, to subvert the reality of thought, and as this subversion is itself an act of thought, it in fact annihilates itself. When, for example, I say that A is, and then say that A is not, by the second assertion I sublate or take away what, by the first assertion, I posited or laid down; thought, in the one case, undoing by negation what, in the other, it had by affirmation done," Mill simply comments, "This proves only that a contradiction is unthinkable, not that it is impossible in point of fact.

In the Preface to the 1st edition, in which he describes what he had undertaken to do in the System of Logic, Mill says, "On the subject of InalThe extent of the novelty which Mill attributedto his formulation of the canons is indicatedin a letter to Sir John Herschel, 1 May, 1843: "You will findthat the most importantchapter of the book, that on the four Experimental Methods, is little more than an expansion & a more scientific statementof what you had previously stated in the more popularmannersuited to the purpose of your 'Introduction'"EL, CW, XIII, 583).

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