By G. E. R. Lloyd

Western philosophy and technology are accountable for developing a few strong instruments of research, aiming at gaining knowledge of the reality, offering strong reasons, verifying conjectures, exhibiting that inferences are sound and demonstrating effects conclusively. against this reasoning that relies on analogies has usually been considered with suspicion. Professor Lloyd first explores the origins of these Western beliefs, criticises a few of their excesses and redresses the stability in favour of looser, admittedly non-demonstrative analogical reasoning. For this he's taking examples either from old Greek and chinese language notion and from the fabrics of contemporary ethnography to teach how varied historical and sleek cultures have constructed diversified sorts of reasoning. He additionally develops unique yet arguable rules, that of semantic stretch (to solid doubt at the literal/metaphorical dichotomy) and the multidimensionality of fact (to skip the realism as opposed to relativism and nature as opposed to nurture controversies).

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