File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2003/bhaskar.0307, message 7


Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2003 10:05:33 +0100
Subject: Re: BHA: Identity - another thought....


Hi Mervyn,

> For what it's worth, in DPF it seems logic = formal logic and
> dialectic = rather a species of (transcendental) *argument* (when it
> doesn't have the wider meaning of the overall process of reason or
> rational directionality or the pulse of freedom in human history).
> Formal logic has, but has only, a vital role to play in dialectic as
> argument, and doubtless in the overall process too. There's no
> 'dialectical logic' as such.

Quite so. In DPF Bhaskar also explicitly considers Engels' 'laws of 
the dialectic' and doesn't really think much of them. Alas Bhaskar 
doesn't consider Ilyenkov at all. 

Andy



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