Linear and Non-linear Logic

  • Peter Hulsroj
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


Linear logic is deeply ingrained in the Western mind set. There is one ‘right’ answer, and we need to find it. Asian thought is less obsessed with the right answer and more interested in the nuances of questions and possible answers even if that means accepting contradictions. Asian thought could be argued to be less aligned with the logic of the natural sciences with their linearity than Western thought. This might have been true until quantum mechanics introduced an element of normative chaos into the natural sciences. Perhaps Western thinking must now learn to embrace opposed or parallel truths. Still, when discussing earthly immortality linear logic will be mainly used, because the object of examination is the desire for continuation of personal identity. This being a unitary perspective a considerable dose of linear logic may be warranted.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Hulsroj
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  1. 1.ViennaAustria

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