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La logique peut-elle mouvoir l'esprit ?

ContributorsEngel, Pascal
Presented at Aix en Provence, 1997
  • Dialogue; 37(1)
Publication date1998

This paper attempts to take a new look at the famous Lewis Carroll paradox about Achilles and the Tortoise. It examines in particular the connections between Lewis Carroll's regress argument for logical inferences and a similar regress for practical inferences. The Tortoise's point of view is espoused: no norm of reasoning or of conduct can in itself "make the mind move," only the brute force of belief can. This conclusion is a Humean one. But it does not imply that we renounce altogether the normative force of such principles of reasoning as modus ponens. Connexions with the Wittgensteinian rule-following problem are indicated.

  • Epistemology
  • Paradox
  • Rule
  • Carroll, Lewis
  • Wittgenstein
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
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ENGEL, Pascal. La logique peut-elle mouvoir l’esprit ? In: Séminaire d’épistémologie comparative. Aix en Provence. [s.l.] : [s.n.], 1998. p. 35–53. (Dialogue)
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