Re: R.J. Lipton and K.W. Regan • You Think We Have Problems
One classical tradition views logic as a normative science, the one whose object is truth. This puts it on a par with ethics, whose object is justice or morality in action, and aesthetics, whose object is beauty or the admirable in itself.
The pragmatic spin on this line of thinking views logic, ethics, and aesthetics as a concentric series of normative sciences, each a subdiscipline of the next. Logic tells us how we ought to conduct our reasoning in order to achieve the goals of reasoning in general. Thus logic is a special application of ethics. Ethics tells us how we ought to conduct our activities in general in order to achieve the good appropriate to each enterprise. What makes the difference between a normative science and a prescriptive dogma is whether this telling is based on actual inquiry into the relationship of conduct to result, or not.
Here’s a bit more I wrote on this a long time ago in a galaxy not far away —
☞ Logic, Ethics, Aesthetics