Logic and Reality
Posted by Jerry on December 28, 2005
Logic is the method of apprehending reality in terms of principles.
Logic is the form of principles that we have formulated to speak generally and wholly of reality itself.
Thus, when you think abstractly of the principle “A cannot be A and non-A at the same time in the same respect” — you have abstracted an attribute of concrete reality– you have not made reality “fit” into that principle, the principle is itself reality apprehended epistemologically, i.e., not through physical sensory organs, but through rational conceptualization.
Thus, when I say reality does not violate the law of non-contradiction, I am speaking of a general abstract principle that is reflective of the very nature of reality itself–eg., This chair cannot not exist and exist in the same respect at the same time.
Objectivism correctly points out that our abstract principles of logic should correspond or “fit” with reality — not the other way around; that is the art of logic–of non-contradictory identification.