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


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This introductory chapter begins by explaining how our logic requires us to put a rule into a form with three places to fill out: volk, wenn, and nono. These have to do with the demographic scope of the rule in question (the volk, pronounced ‘folk’); the specification of the actions prohibited (the nono, pronounced with a slight pause between the syllables); and, in between, with the conditions under which those specified actions are prohibited (the wenn, German for ‘if’, pronounced in German ‘ven’, but also suitably understood as ‘when’). The chapter then discusses the scope for application of logic in history, the benefits of logic and notation, the benefits of application, tracking deliberated change in issue processing, undeliberated changes in rules, and technically fully expressed rules and cultural universals.

Keywords: logic; rules; history; volk; wenn; nono; cultural universals

Chapter.  12815 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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