David Marans’ Logic Gallery is a chronologically ordered collection of quotations on logic from the most important thinkers in western civilization. At least from those who had anything to say on the subject. In addition to a quotation or two, each thinker’s brief chapter includes a focused bibliography, a portrait, and a short biography. Each chapter also has a link to a slightly longer biography with some discussion of her or his basic teachings. The first 57 pages, “Ancient Greece to the Enlightenment (Aristotle to Kant),” of Logic Gallery is available as eLogic Gallery, PDF file. Here’s an example quotation.
To prevent reason from being exercised haphazardly and to ensure that it be practiced according to certain rules, it is good first to discuss the nature of reasoning itself. This discipline, logic, is the “mistress” of discourse. Logic deals with true and necessary argumentation of antecedents and consequences. The only thing we should consider is that when one has been asserted, the other follows by necessity. – Boethius
This work is far more fun than instructive but it is fun indeed. On the one hand, if you’re looking for quotations to proof text some thoughts on logic or to use as logic related epigraphs, Logic Gallery is a good place to start. The same is true if you’re looking for images of most of the important thinkers in western civilizations. It also provides abnormally interesting material for discussion. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a history of philosophical logic this is not what you’re looking for. Nor does it claim to be what you are looking for.
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