The Port-Royal Logic's Theory of Argument
Author: Finocchiaro, M.A.
Source: Argumentation, Volume 11, Number 4, November 1997 , pp. 393-410(18)
Abstract:This is a critical examination of Antoine Arnauld's Logic or the Art of Thinking (1662), commonly known as the Port-Royal Logic. Rather than reading this work from the viewpoint of post-Fregean formal logic or the viewpoint of seventeenth-century intellectual history, I approach it with the aim of exploring its relationship to that contemporary field which may be labeled informal logic and/or argumentation theory. It turns out that the Port-Royal Logic is a precursor of this current field, or conversely, that this field may be said to be in the same tradition.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5028, USA
Publication date: November 1, 1997