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Logical Form and Logical Constants

P. F. Strawson

in Entity and Identity

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250159
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598470 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250150.003.0009
 Logical Form and Logical Constants

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A general characterization of the constants of standard logic is achieved by following the suggestion, inspired by Wittgenstein's Tractatus, that the meanings of these constants can be fully explained by reference to no more than two essential features of empirical statements; all such statements must possess excluding power and at least some must exhibit a certain duality. The sufficiency of these terms is demonstrated and the results are related to some earlier insufficient attempts at such a characterization.

Keywords: analyticity; contradiction; disjunction; exclusion; form; general; implication; particular; propositional identity; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  6804 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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