A New Logic (Classic Reprint)

Charles Mercier

Excerpt from A New Logic A book on Logic by a practising physician is not calculated to benefit its author, either as a physician or a logician. His professional brethren will look askance upon a physician who wastes, upon such a frivolous subject as Logic, time that might be devoted to increasing his knowledge of disease and logicians will regard him with the contemptuous abhorrence that is bestowed, all the world over, by the professional upon the amateur. In foro Medicina I have a valid defence, and need not throw myself upon the mercy of the Court. Engaged daily in reasoning on matters of vital, and more than vital importance, I find that valid conclusions can be reached only by strictly departing from the methods of Traditional Logic and having studied the methods by which I arrive at results that are, upon the whole, successful, I am bound by the salutary rule of my profession, to give to the world the methods by which these results are attained. Candour will not allow me to ascribe the book wholly to compliance with this beneficent rule. Upon reading the works of logicians, and studying what has been said on the subject by them of old time, I am moved by the same spirit that animated long ago that sorry comforter of the man of Uz, when the words of his companions failed them. Great men, I found, are not always wise, nor do men of antiquity always understand judgement. Therefore I said hearken to me I also will show mine opinion for I am full of matter, and the spirit within me constraineth me. Behold, my belly is as wine that hath no vent: it is ready to burst like new bottles. An enlarged knowledge of physiology would ascribe the fulness to another anatomical region, but broadly and generally the words express my motive. But I have, in the Court of Medicine, a better defence than this, even. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.