The Abolition of the British Slave Trade

David Braybrooke, Bryson Brown, Peter K. Schotch and Laura Byrne

in Logic on the Track of Social Change

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780198235309
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679056 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

The Abolition of the British Slave Trade

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This chapter attempts to trace in some detail the decision-making process pertaining to the abolition of the British slave trade as debated in the British Parliament in the years 1788 to 1807. It applies to the logic of rules to identify the rules at issue and the quandaries generated by them; then it applies it again to the deliberations of the people — British MPs in this period — who consciously dealt with the quandaries. Thus, this is the fullest use of the logic illustrated in the book, a use that stands on the frontier of much more elaborate applications, though this is a frontier that calls now for joint activity by philosophers and historians, rather than further illustrative activity on our part. Another way of expressing the distinctive nature of the chapter is to say that in it we are concerned not just with quandaries and changes in rules, but with issue-processing.

Keywords: logic; rules; British slave trade; deliberation; quandary

Chapter.  9984 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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