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    What harmony could and could not be

    Steinberger, Florian (2011) What harmony could and could not be. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (4), pp. 617-639. ISSN 0004-8402.

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    The notion of harmony has played a pivotal role in a number of debates in the philosophy of logic. Yetthere is little agreement as to how the requirement of harmony should be spelled out in detail or even what purpose itis to serve. Most if not all conceptions of harmony can already be found in Michael Dummett’s seminal discussion of the matter in The Logical Basis of Metaphysics . Hence, if we wish to gain a better understanding of the notion of harmony, we do well to start here. Unfortunately, however, Dummett’s discussion is not always easy to follow. Thefollowing is an attempt to disentangle the main strands of Dummett’s treatment of harmony. The different variants of harmony as well as their interrelations are clarified and their individual shortcomings qua interpretations of harmonyare demonstrated. Though no attempt is made to give a detailed alternative account of harmony here, it is hoped thatour discussion will lay the ground for an adequate rigorous treatment of this central notion.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): inferentialism, harmony, logical constants
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 11:48
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:14


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