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Now Online: What is Logic?

25 January 2017

First-semester Fellow Catarina Dutilh Novaes has recently had her article on the history of logic published in Aeon, digital magazine of ideas and culture. 

"The history of logic should be of interest to anyone with aspirations to thinking that is correct, or at least reasonable. This story illustrates different approaches to intellectual enquiry and human cognition more generally. Reflecting on the history of logic forces us to reflect on what it means to be a reasonable cognitive agent, to think properly. Is it to engage in discussions with others? Is it to think for ourselves? Is it to perform calculations?"

About the Author

Dutilh w.jpgCatarina Dutilh Novaes is professor of philosophy and the Rosalind Franklin fellow in the Department of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Her work focuses on the philosophy of logic and mathematics, and she is broadly interested in philosophy of mind and science. Her latest book is The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Logic (2016). She wrote the article while at NIAS, where she also worked on the roots of deduction and held a seminar on the beauty of mathematical proofs

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