Tag Archives: logic

Outline of the Laws of Thought

From time to time I save things as drafts in the blog, things I’ve come across hither or thither and mean to come back to them.  Sometimes I come back and dust them off a bit and post them.  Other times I read through them again and delete because I am not longer interested in […]

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Isaac Watts on Books and How to Learn From Them

Previously Subtitles are mine. It does matter what you read The world is full of books, but there are multitudes which, are so ill written that they were never worth any man’s reading; and there are thousands more which may be good in their kind, yet are worth nothing when the month or year, or occasion […]

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Isaac Watts on Hasty Generalizations

Previously Be not too hasty to erect general theories from a few particular observations, appearances, or experiments. This is what the logicians call a false induction. When general observations are drawn from so many particulars as to become certain and indubitable, these are jewels of knowledge, comprehending great treasure in a little room ; but […]

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Isaac Watts on notebooking

Previously Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, was writer of hymns, clergyman, theologian, logician, philospher, author of over 600 hymns and a popular textbook on logic. He wrote the book from which these excerpts have been taken as a supplement to his logic textbook. The book from whence I have taken this series of excerpts is formidably titled, […]

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Isaac Watts on Getting Wisdom

Previously Isaac Watts, according to my understanding of his preface, essentially spent 20 years or so creating a commonplace book and journal of thoughts and reflections about thinking and philosophy (meta-cognition, says my newly Mastered of Education husband).  Then he polished it up a bit and published it as a little book called The improvement […]

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