Re: [OPE] Dialectics for the New Century

From: Dave Zachariah (
Date: Mon Apr 07 2008 - 15:26:43 EDT

on 2008-04-07 08:25 Jurriaan Bendien wrote:
> The central problem of deductive inference is that a conclusion 
> follows only if the premises are accepted, but that deductive 
> inference itself provides no logically compelling method for importing 
> the premises. At best we can say that, if particular premises are 
> imported into the inferential system, then in some sense the 
> inferential system can "prove itself". In other words, the only way an 
> inferential system can "make rational sense" without leading to 
> logically unacceptable consequences is, if we import certain premises, 
> if we make certain assumptions.

I think your post is a good summary.

//Dave Z
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