Is There Anthropological Evidence that Logic Is Culturally Relative?: Remarks on Bloor, Jennings, and Evans-Pritchard

Academic Article


  • Logical relativism is the view that a logical proposition is known just in case it is collectively endorsed in some culture. This striking and controversial view is defended by David Bloor and Richard C Jennings. They cite in its support distinctive reasoning practices among the Azande as described by E E Evans-Pritchard. Jennings has challenged my critique of Bloor's logical relativism, claiming that my analysis is based on misunderstandings of Bloor and Evans-Pritchard. I argue that Jennings' clarifications of Bloor do nothing to support the thesis of logical relativism, and that a direct examination of Evans- Pritchard's evidence suggests that the Azande reason just as we do.
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    Publication Date

  • June 1, 1994
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    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 749
  • End Page

  • 760
  • Volume

  • 45
  • Issue

  • 2