Ontological considerations in the study of Logic

D.F.M. Strauss
1998 Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship  
Ontological considerations in the study of Logic Studying logical thinking requires a more than logical diversity within creation. As a consequence, an answer has to be given to the issue regarding the cohering diversity given in reality. All monistic -isms should be seen as attempts to give a negative answer to this question. The legacy o f Reformational philosophy, however, does make it possible to address these issues with the aid o f its theory o f inter-modal coherences. This theory is
more » ... This theory is articulated in terms o f retrocipatory and anticipatory moments o f coherence (called analogies). It enables one to come up with an evaluation evincing both a sense o f critique and a sense o f solidarity with what is called -in certain contexts o f the philosophy o f science -"epistemic values ", In addition it provides one with a method to analyze the nature and scope o f fundamental logical principles -viewed as modal analogies which at the lawside o f the analytical aspect o f reality refer to other aspects o f reality. In particular -against the background o f certain starting points in Greek thought -a closer account is given o f the controversial status o f the principle o f the excluded middle. In conclusion -with reference to particular examples -attention is given to various ways o f exercising critique.
doi:10.4102/koers.v63i4.542 fatcat:jtfms6ri3vcoheudo6gvs5dzbu