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    Understanding the logical constants and dispositions

    Besson, Corine (2009) Understanding the logical constants and dispositions. The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 5 , pp. 1-24. ISSN 1944-3676.

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    Many philosophers claim that understanding a logical constant (e.g. ‘if, then’) fundamentally consists in having dispositions to infer according to the logical rules (e.g. Modus Ponens) that fix its meaning. This paper argues that such dispositionalist accounts give us the wrong picture of what understanding a logical constant consists in. The objection here is that they give an account of understanding a logical constant which is inconsistent with what seem to be adequate manifestations of such understanding. I then outline an alternative account according to which understanding a logical constant is not to be understood dispositionally, but propositionally. I argue that this account is not inconsistent with intuitively correct manifestations of understanding the logical constants.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Corine Besson
    Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2012 09:05
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:58


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