MIA: Encyclopedia of Marxism: Glossary of Terms




Logic is the study of forms of thought which are used in reasoning, social practice and history.

Idealism: Logic is using a set of premises to come to a conclusion, without reference to context. However, all premises come from a certain context (i.e. ideas do not just drop out of the sky, but are created in certain circumstances) and the only way to create and verify a set of premises is by reference to the context from whence they come. When the premises are true, reason can be used to bring them to a conclusion; but without reference to context such a practice is idealist.

See Also: Various topics of logic: Induction, Deduction, Syllogism, as well as categories such as Individual, Universal and Notion. Logical systems: Dialectics of which Formal Logic is an aspect.

Further Reading: The Logic of Marxism by George Novack, Dialectics as Logic, by E V Ilyenkov and Getting to Know Hegel by Andy Blunden.



Trend in the foundations of Mathematics associated with the names of Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell, which asserts that mathematics is a branch of Logic and can be constructed without recourse to material outside of formal logic.

See also: Formalism and Intuitionism.