I.W.Kelly Logical consistency and the child

Philosophy of the Social Sciences 11 (March):15-18 (1981)
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Abstract

The Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget contends that children below the age of 12 see no necessity for the logical law of non-contradiction. I argue this view is problematic. First of all, Piaget's dialogues with children which are considered supportive of this position are not clearly so. Secondly, Piaget underestimates the necessary nature of following the logical law of non-contradiction in everyday discourse. The mere possibility of saying something significant and informative at all presupposes that the law of non-contradiction is enforced.

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Ivan William Kelly
University of Saskatchewan

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