Logic Without Language

  • Rohit ParikhEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11600)


Does a dog think? Does a prelingual child think? Creatures without language seem to be making some logical inferences which allow them to make decisions. We offer a utility and perception based account which allows us to deal with this phenomenon formally. We offer the suggestion that non-lingual creatures have a certain perception of the world and that they make the best decisions relative to that perception. Logic may be “used” to infer non-perceived facts from perceived facts.



We thank Priya Chakraborty, John Greenwood, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Steve Pinker, Vaughan Pratt, Jesse Prinz, Yunqi Xue and two referees for useful suggestions to an earlier version of this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.City University of New York, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate CenterNew YorkUSA

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