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This is the first of what I hope to be an ongoing series of posts concerning logic and theories of judgment in the 16th–18th centuries.

To start things off I though I’d comment on something I came across recently in the philosophy blogosphere. Over at the blog New Apps Catarina Dutilh Novaes (CDN) has an interesting post which touches on the normative import of logic for reasoning or thought more generally. In the course of this discussion CDN claims that

the view of logic as having normative import for thought is entirely misguided. It is a relic of Kantian transcendental idealism that most philosophers still hold on to, but usually somewhat uncritically.

What is it for logic to have “normative import”? The idea here, I take it, is that logic has normative import when it functions as the measure of thought and as that to which thought ought to conform. Hence, a thought is found logically wanting if it does not conform to logic (though what particular logic I leave open here) in its internal structure or functional relationship to other thoughts. Call this “normativism” about logic.

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