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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which reveals the conceptual breadth of other logics in the twentieth century. It shows that why and how one should move beyond the formalism of logic on the one hand, and embraces the idea of "other" logics as a philosophically legitimate one, on the other. Since there is a prevailing and largely unquestioned view of formal logic as the best systematic account of rational thought irrespective of historical and social context, the author makes a valuable contribution to the human sciences in critiquing such a position, and offering alternatives to it. The chapter discusses this view by means of a critical survey of some of the representative literature on the topic. It highlights the ways in which the studies in the book are related to that literature. The chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters in the book are organized.

Keywords: formalism; human sciences; other logics



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