Re: [OPE] Dialectics for the New Century

From: Dave Zachariah (
Date: Sat Apr 12 2008 - 12:55:26 EDT

on 2008-04-12 01:35 Jurriaan Bendien wrote:
> Dave,
> Just a small thought that occurred to me - in case you thought my post 
> a good summary, I should perhaps add that, if the problem of deductive 
> inference is that it provides by itself no criteria for the induction 
> of premises other than that some are compatible with the deduction of 
> a conclusion, and others are not, this precisely raises the whole 
> vexed issue of abstractive procedures which has been debated many 
> times on OPE-L.

I thought your post was a good summary of the necessity and limits of 
logic to science. (Logic proper, which is always about deduction and 

The basis of my skepticism towards 'dialectics' is quite clear in the 
past exchanges: I see no need to use the conceptual apparatus of 
dialectics for the analysis of social and physical processes today; as 
such it is merely old and often imprecise language. It is when the 
imprecision is used to pass nonsense under some pseudo-scientific glow 
that my alarm bell sounds.

//Dave Z
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