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date: 28 February 2021

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This article analyses how ideas of the past can affect or influence later ideas. It explains that previous ideas may affect later ideas in at least four ways: as the content of formal arguments, as the background discourse, as the organizing principle of institutions and social structures, and through their association with feelings. In its most direct form, previous ideas become the premises of human reasoning either by syllogism or analogy. This article also discusses the relevant issues of trusteeship, and the consideration of transitional administration as trusteeship or colonialism.

Keywords: ideas, formal arguments, background discourse, organizing principle, feelings, human reasoning, syllogism, trusteeship, transnational administration, colonialism

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