Restall’s Proof-Theoretic Pluralism and Relevance Logic
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Restall (Erkenntnis 79(2):279–291, 2014) proposes a new, proof-theoretic, logical pluralism. This is in contrast to the model-theoretic pluralism he and Beall proposed in Beall and Restall (Aust J Philos 78(4):475–493, 2000) and in Beall and Restall (Logical pluralism, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006). What I will show is that Restall has not described the conditions on being admissible to the proof-theoretic logical pluralism in such a way that relevance logic is one of the admissible logics. Though relevance logic is not hard to add formally, one critical component of Restall’s pluralism is that the relevance logic that gets added must have connectives which mean the same thing as the connectives in the already admitted logic. This is what I will show is not possible.
KeywordsIntuitionistic Logic Logical Rule Proof Theory Structural Rule Sequent Calculus
I owe a debt of gratitude to Stewart Shapiro very carefully read and commented on several earlier drafts. I am grateful to comments from several people, including three blind reviewers, Scott Brown, Nathan Kellen, Chris Pincock, Marcus Rossberg, Kevin Scharp, Matt Souba and Neil Tennant. I am also grateful to audiences at the Dubrovnik Conference on Pluralism (2015), the Pacific APA (2015), PhiloSTEM (2014), the Society for Exact Philosophy (2013) and The University of Western Ontario Philosophy of Logic, Math and Physics Graduate Conference (2013).
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