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Single Idea 8092

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / B. History of Ideas / 5. Later European Thought]

Full Idea

Until the rise of what we call the scientific method in the seventeenth century, logic was regarded largely as one aspect of rhetoric - a study of how one person't argument could convince another.

Gist of Idea

Logic was merely a branch of rhetoric until the scientific 17th century


Keith Devlin (Goodbye Descartes [1997], Ch.11)

Book Reference

Devlin,Keith: 'Goodbye Descartes: the end of logic' [Wiley 1997], p.261

A Reaction

This may well give the main reason why the Greeks invented logic in the first place. Aristotle wrote a book on rhetoric, and that was where the money was. Leibniz is clearly a key figure in the change of attitude.