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A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive

John Stuart Mill

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .In still further answer to the objection, it may be added that—even when the test has been applied, and the sufficiency of the evidence recognized—if it is sufficient to support the general proposition, it is sufficient also to support an inference from particulars to particulars without passing through the general proposition. The inquirer who has logically satisfied himself that the conditions of legitimate induction were realized in the cases A, B, C, would be as much justified in concluding directly to the Duke of Wellington as in concluding to all men. The general conclusion is never legitimate, unless the particular one would be so too; and in no sense, intelligible to me, can the particular conclusion be said to be drawn from the general one. Whenever there is ground for drawing any conclusion at all from particular instances, there is ground for a general conclusion; but that this general conclusion should be actually drawn, however useful, can not be an indispensable condi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Provare a scrivere una breve recensione di opere monumentali come il Sistema di Mill è senza dubbio impegnativo e probabilmente impossibile. In questo ardimentoso trattato, che negli anni '40 del XIX secolo fece per la prima volta circolare il nome del grande teoreta Inglese, Mill indaga la logica c

A good though rather technical philosophical book, useful to have a philosophical dictionary as a companion. It does set out a pattern requisite for rational thought and, does express its superiority to inconsistent emotional decisions, though it (the suggested method) does allow for emotional input

The first half was about analytical logic, which I found more compelling than the second half, which dealt with the logic of language, perhaps.