[Marxism] Rosa L. replies to RL and LK
shmage at pipeline.com
Mon Oct 5 21:57:42 MDT 2009
On Oct 5, 2009, at 9:57 PM, XxxxXxxx XxYyXxx wrote:
> ...where does Rosa account for the social origins of formal logics,
> whatever kind, she makes such an unwarranted fuzz of? Did logic fall
> from the sky?...
It is the most obvious of mistakes to ask for the "social origins" of
valid scientific concepts, whose only origin is the structure of
reality to which they perforce conform. The "origin" of "formal
logics" is mathematics, the method by which mathematical truth (the
key to science) is discovered. More immediately, the origin of formal
logic is *dialectic*, as anyone who has read Platon and his pupil
Aristoteles cannot be unaware. Formal logic's propositions apply to
*one* side of reality--the reality of unchanging, atemporal,
structure. They are thus inherently in tension with the other side of
reality--the reality of constant flux in which all material "things"
participate. Dialectical logic unites these two "opposite" sides of
reality. From that all else follows.
> This cosmos did none of gods or men make, but it
> always was and is and shall be: an everlasting fire,
> kindling in measures and going out in measures."
> Herakleitos of Ephesos
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