One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An instrument of thought, especially a means of reasoning or a system of logic.
- ‘What finally broke thought free was a determination to read the book of nature, which was really not a text at all and which therefore demanded a novum organon, a new logic, the methods of modern science.’
- ‘For Marshall refused to accept George's organon.’
- ‘In the first place, he promoted logic from being the organon or tool of philosophy to that organic part of it which as bones and sinews supplied the articulation and dynamic of its structure.’
- ‘From Bacon, argues Nielsen, Durkheim rook over the ambitious project of creating a new organon, a new comprehensive logic, except that for Durkheim that new instrument for understanding reality was sociological.’
- ‘So Hegel's objection to the organon theory of knowledge presupposes just what this theory calls in question: the possibility of absolute knowledge.’
Late 16th century (denoting a bodily organ): from Greek, literally ‘instrument, organ’. Organon was the title of Aristotle's logical treatises.
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