Monday, September 19, 2016

"The logic of Illusion"

In preparing for my class on Communication Theory tomorrow, I came across this passage:
However various were the significations in which the ancients used 'dialectic' as the title for a science or art, we can safely conclude from their actual employment of it that with them it was never anything else than the logic of illusion. It was a sophistical art of giving to ignorance, and indeed to intentional sophistries, the appearance of truth, by the device of imitating the methodological thoroughness which logic prescribes, and using its 'topic' to conceal the emptiness of its pretensions.
Kant, making known his distaste for the "mere talk" that is "quite unbecoming to the dignity of philosophy."