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Letters on Reasoning (Paperback): John MacKinnon Robertson
Letters on Reasoning (Paperback): John MacKinnon Robertson

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Letters on Reasoning (Paperback)

John MacKinnon Robertson

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: LETTER II. In the previous letter I remarked that a careful process of reasoning may be left practically useless oimisleading because of the reasoner's failure to note some essential facts or data. It would not, perhaps, be too much to say triaFtBe majority of men's errors of opinion proceed rather from wrong or insufficient information than from fallacy of inference. When I reflect on the nature of great masses of the didactic literature of the past, now admittedly superseded, it seems to me to wear a certain uniform air of confidence in error; and while the confidence has to be set down as the besetting sin of humanity, the error comes at least as often from wrong testimony, traditional or otherwise, as from illicit reasoning. Education of the reason, then, is likely to involve no less a vigilant scrutiny of testimony than a scrupulous regard to inference. I cannot, indeed, too strongly press upon you the importance of being slow to believe where your decision will have any width of bearing. Here again you will be met by loud protests from a certain order of minds. Doubt, you will often be told, is something " cold " and " dark." I do not much value argument by metaphor; but it might perhaps benefit such metaphor-mongers to ask themselves whether in the order of nature we are not daily refreshed by darkness and yearly braced by cold. It would not be unjust, I think, to say of them that their fear of the " cold " is like that of the nerveless bather who recoils from the plunge, and their fear of the " dark " like that felt by or instilled into many children?I say " instilled into," because in your own case your mother and I have thus far succeededin preventing its being suggested to you, and neither of you has ever shown the slightest sign of feeling it. In the old fashion ...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2012
First published: February 2012
Authors: John MacKinnon Robertson
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 90
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-85714-7
Barcode: 9780217857147
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-85714-0

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