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The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce$
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Cornelis de Waal and Krysztof Piotr Skowronski

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242443

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242443.001.0001

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Why is the Normativity of Logic Based on Rules?

Why is the Normativity of Logic Based on Rules?

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(p.172) Eight Why is the Normativity of Logic Based on Rules?
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The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce
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Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823242443.003.0008

According to Peirce, normative sciences are the “most purely theoretical of purely theoretical sciences.” At the same time, he takes logic to be a normative science. These two sentences form a highly interesting pair of assertions. Why is logic among the most purely theoretical sciences? What does it actually mean that logic is a normative science? This chapter answers these questions by addressing the question of why the normativity of logic is, as a matter of fact, based on rules.

Keywords:   normative sciences, logic, theoretical science, normativity

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