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In the philosophical tradition, logic is the method of reasoning in a valid way. Originally developed by Aristotle and further developed by others into the symbolic logic that is dominant today, it provides a means to philosophical inquiry.

The everyday use of the word ‘logic’ is very much similar to the philosophical use, thought sometimes it is invalidly objectified. While one person may find it illogical to enjoy lots of attention, another thinks it is very logical. For someone who has not studied philosophical logic, it is difficult to always tell what is logical and what is not by the philosophical rules of logic.

My belief in God is connected to logic. There is a logical proof for God that goes like this, “If it is possible that God exists, he must exist. It is possible that God exists, therefore God must exist.”

Some people believe logic can be used to prove their concepts, and while this can sometimes work, your ability to win an arguement is often based solely on your opponents logical skills than their premise, which is often forgotten. I believe logic is useful, but it is no replacement for experience.

Logic is very often used with philosophical perspectives to determine how someone should live their life. Materialism is a prime example. “If matter is the only thing that exists, there are several easy logical deductions to determine what is important in life. First of all, if matter is all that exists, there is no life after death. If there is no life after death, there is nothing that is important to oneself after death. If there is nothing important to oneself after death, social interactions with others are not important after death. If social interactions with others are not important after death, social interactions with others are only as important to oneself as the pleasure they bring in life. If social interactions with others are only as important to oneself as the pleasure they bring in life, whatever social interactions bring oneself the most pleasure in life are the most important.” Following this logic, if someone enjoys killing people, that is the most important thing to do if matter is all that exists. Believing in materialism has heavy inferences on how someone should live their life.

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Posted by on April 26th, 2010 at 7:45 am