Report The "art" of non-contradictory identification in Questions about Objectivism Posted January 26, 2014 · Edited January 26, 2014 by Fawkes In response to a question during his Advanced Seminars On OPAR (see the ARI estore), Dr. Peikoff said that you can look at logic as an art, a method, or a science. He said that AR used 'art' in AS because she was thinking of it as a practice or skill you have to learn, although what you're learning is a method, a set of rules. The study of those rules is a science. Accepting the fact that right now you sit in a chair is not an act of logic. You go through no process of inferring the conclusion--the information is a given, you simply accept and assert it. It's "a non-contradictory identification", but logic is not "all instances of non-contradictory identification" including the self-evident. Logic is rather a method for inferring further true identifications from the given.