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Synthese

, Volume 193, Issue 6, pp 1667–1680 | Cite as

Assertion, denial, content, and (logical) form

  • Jack Woods
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Abstract

I discuss Greg Restall’s attempt to generate an account of logical consequence from the incoherence of certain packages of assertions and denials. I take up his justification of the cut rule and argue that, in order to avoid counterexamples to cut, he needs, at least, to introduce a notion of logical form. I then suggest a few problems that will arise for his account if a notion of logical form is assumed. I close by sketching what I take to be the most natural minimal way of distinguishing content and form and suggest further problems arising for this route.

Keywords

Cut/transitivity Restall Assertion/denial Logical form Logical consequence 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Thanks to Catharine Diehl, Nissim Francez, Nick Stang, and two anonymous (and helpful!) referees for useful discussion. Thanks also to John Burgess for remarks on a distant ancestor of this paper and Jimmy Martin for a conversation about it that I reckon he’s forgotten.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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