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Ideas of Timothy Smiley, by Text

[British, b.1930, Knightsbridge Professor at Clare College, Cambridge.]

1998 Conceptions of Consequence
p.599 p.70 Aristotle's proofs give understanding, so it can't be otherwise, so consequence is necessary
     Full Idea: The ingredient of necessity [in Aristotle's account of consequence] is required by his demand that proof should produce 'understanding' [episteme], coupled with his claim that understanding something involves seeing that it cannot be otherwise.
     From: report of Timothy Smiley (Conceptions of Consequence [1998], p.599) by Ian Rumfitt - The Boundary Stones of Thought 3.2
     A reaction: An intriguing reverse of the normal order. Not 'necessity in logic delivers understanding', but 'reaching understanding shows the logic was necessary'.