A Hermeneutic Inquiry
Section One. Hermeneutic logic in Misch’s ‘The Construction of logic based on the philosophy of life’
Chapter 1. The extension ‘from within itself’ of the concept of traditional logic
It would be a big mistake to underrate traditional logic. It is a richly developed science distinguished by the fact that in it reason has to do only with itself. It gives form and articulation to the ether of pure thought. It provides us with something firm that we can hold on to: ‘Objects are something so to speak graspable, something that remains stable when reflected upon, always re-identifiable and open to repeated contemplation, analysis and description.’2 It is a mark of Western culture.
But once we are confronted by the theory of forms offered by traditional logic we can no longer adhere to it. In the first part of his Aufbau course Misch reports what has been said across many centuries by those who have expressed doubts ← 17 | 18 → about the meaning and value of traditional logic.3 In so doing he takes the Aristotelian foundation of Western logic as his point of departure.