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6 Representationalist Logic

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This chapter discovers the logical basis for the difference(s) between historical representation (HR) and the sciences. It shows that the main philosophical problems occasioned by historical writing and the historical text can be investigated by means of an analysis of HR's, either directly or indirectly. The chapter introduces the notion of the representationalist universe. The representationalist universe contains the totality of all HR's. This totality and hence the representationalist universe is infinite. A better characteristic of the relationship between the sciences and the humanities (insofar as representation is essential to the latter) can be given if one realizes that the shift from Aristotelian scholastic logic to modern formal logic left room for a (representationalist) logic combining elements of both. Representationalist logic shares with Aristotelian logic its respect for individuality, and with formal logic the respect for relationalism and the latter's conception of the model.

Keywords: Aristotelian scholastic logic; formal logic; historical representation (HR); relationalism; representationalist logic



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