The practicality of logical analysis has more to it than meets the eye
Logical analysis is significant to human cognition and intelligence. We have invented and constructed so many things through our understanding of the world.
Besides, we noticed the subtle patterns in our reality with our logical frameworks through our observations. In other words, we theorized some of the most well-known concepts surrounding the understanding of our logic.
Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end
– Leonard Nimoy
We have succeeded in building a world of our own, which is heavily influenced by our curious and contemplative nature. Moreover, our logical analysis comes naturally to us. Therefore, by constant and uninhibited use, we have made our logic instinctual and consistent.
However, people believe logic to be influenced only on the facts and data present in the external world. While there are no second thoughts about it, we need to reconsider our approach towards the understanding of logical analysis.
The objectivity and subjectivity of logic:
So, “What is Logic?”
According to the standard definition of logic,
It is the systematic study of the forms of inference, i.e., the relations that lead to the acceptance of one conclusion based on a set of other premises.
In other words, it is a method of human thought that involves thinking in a linear step by step manner about how a problem can be solved.
However, if you read the definition above, it is evident that logical analysis is a personal approach that exhibits itself subjectively. Besides, the question also arises whether logic is objective or subjective. The answer is no, and yes.
The answer is no because the primary source of logic is the external world. In other words, the information we seek in our surroundings is highly responsible for our logical reasoning. Hence, we attain the information in the form of factual data obtained by practical applications.
The answer is yes because the data and information that we seek are not just processed externally but also internally. Therefore, we incorporate subjective thinking irrespective of the ideologies or notions or external world.
Most mistakes in philosophy and logic occur because the human mind is apt to take the symbol for the reality.
– Albert Einstein
Introverted and extroverted counterparts of both types of logic:
Logic is, however, both dependent as well as independent upon the external parameters such as efficiency and time.
One of the greatest pioneers in the field of psychology, Dr. Carl Jung, proposed a theory of cognitive functions where he mentioned the existence of objective and subjective logic in the form of introverted and extroverted functions respectively.
In other words, the objective logic is ‘Extraverted Thinking’ or ‘Te’ while subjective logic is ‘Introverted Thinking’ or ‘Ti’.
Therefore, both these functions in our psychology exist as a definite thinking trait. However, their applications vary and might depend on the individual.
Moreover, going deeper into the theory will make it more complicated. For instance, psychologists believe that there are more cognitive functions that are not yet known. However, the practical applications of both these types of logic are apparent to a certain extent.
The importance of objective and subjective logical analysis:
Objectivity of logical analysis:
Starting with the objective logic, it is dependent upon the external environment. Besides, it takes efficiency primarily into account with accuracy as secondary while making a decision or judgment.
Therefore, it adopts an efficient solution without much in-depth analysis of the problem or the possibilities towards solving it. Besides, it is highly organized and structured in its applications and depends on the requirements of the external environment.
Logic issues in tautologies, mathematics in identities, philosophy in definitions; all trivial but part of the vital work of clarifying and organizing our thought
– Frank P. Ramsay
For instance, healthy use of objective logic can save much time and effort while doing a task or making a decision and helps an individual in organizing and formulating his plans and strategies in a structured manner.
However, unhealthy use of objective logic can come off as ‘cold’ due to its negligence of moral dilemmas while solving an ethical problem.
Hence, individuals who are inclined towards objective logic are efficient leaders or managers capable of getting the ‘task done’ on time.
Moreover, they establish a hierarchy in their work environment where everything is systematic and structured. Besides, plans and schedules help maintain efficiency in their work environment.
Subjectivity of logical analysis:
The subjective logic is more introverted and complex than its objective counterpart. For instance, it isn’t focused upon efficiency and considers accuracy as paramount.
However, understanding it is a bit difficult for people and even the individual using it. Besides, it emphasizes understanding the dynamics behind the way things work.
Subjective logic is like a logical framework of an individual after perceiving the world around him. Therefore, it strengthens the logical analysis with a strong judgment to understand the process.
Moreover, it is also structured and organized like objective logic. However, it maintains structure concerning an individual’s internal environment.
For instance, healthy use of subjective logic ensures the in-depth analysis of the logical principles, refining them according to their perceptions in the external environment and understanding the truth behind concepts and theories.
Above all, it is process-oriented with little consideration towards the result, unlike objective logic, which acts towards an end goal. However, unhealthy use comes off as eccentric, defying any notion of a system.
Old school methods that advocate blind memorization of data and information do not work with subjective logic. In other words, it forms its deductions and conclusions with a more analytical approach while solving a problem.
Therefore, individuals inclined towards subjective logic are highly creative, curious, and analytical, with a strong inclination towards research areas.
Though practically disorganized, their analytical nature is useful in these areas where they can tap into their creative side.
Hence, they can become great scientists, psychologists, doctors, and philosophers.
Interactions with society using both types of logical analysis:
Concerning social situations, both these types of logic have distinct ways of conforming to society.
The object of philosophy is the logical clarification of thought
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Objective logic users are direct and systematic with their words and adopt a personal approach while conveying their ideas. However, subjective logic users are indirect and analytical. Besides, they adopt a socialistic approach while addressing people.
In conclusion, complicated human nature is the root cause of notions in human psychology.
However, with a strong understanding of the logical analysis, we will rectify these fallacies to adopt a holistic idea behind the objectivity and subjectivity of human nature.
Hence, debunking the misconceptions behind logic is necessary with an acceptance of different types of thinking and perceiving traits.