Logic as an integral aspect of philosophy proper: a case study of Thomas Hobbes

Ertan, Şebnem
This thesis addresses itself to the following questions: 1) What is the relationship between logic and philosophy? 2) How do logic and philosophy affect each other? To find the answers to both questions, it offers a methodological-cum-historical case study of Thomas Hobbes. Concerning the first question, the relationship between logic and philosophy has been discussed since Aristotle, for whom the former is an organon to the latter. Logic does not have an existence independent of philosophy. As for the second question, if it is an organon, then logic offers philosophy viable and valid forms of reasoning. As a result, other questions appear about the idea of progress in logic; for example, if there is progress in logic, what is its nature and how can we capture it? Hobbes’s philosophical system as a whole is a rich ground to study these questions. He defines logic as identical with philosophy and presents a philosophical system so we can see their relationship and understand how we can capture logical progress by looking at the progress in philosophy.


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Citation Formats
Ş. Ertan, “Logic as an integral aspect of philosophy proper: a case study of Thomas Hobbes,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2022.