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Externalism, internalism and logical truth

Besson, Corine (2009) Externalism, internalism and logical truth. The Review of Symbolic Logic 2 (1), pp. 1-29. ISSN 1755-0203.

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The aim of this paper is to show what sorts of logics are required by externalist and internalist accounts of the meanings of natural kind nouns. These logics give us a new perspective from which to evaluate the respective positions in the externalist--internalist debate about the meanings of such nouns. The two main claims of the paper are the following: first, that adequate logics for internalism and externalism about natural kind nouns are second-order logics; second, that an internalist second-order logic is a free logic—a second order logic free of existential commitments for natural kind nouns, while an externalist second-order logic is not free of existential commitments for natural kind nouns—it is existentially committed.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Dr Corine Besson
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2012 10:10
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2013 10:11

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