Logic & Natural Language: On Plural Reference and its Semantic and Logical Significance (Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Philosophy)

Logic & Natural Language: On Plural Reference and its Semantic and Logical Significance (Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Philosophy)

By: Hanoch Ben-Yami (author), Professor Moira Gatens (series_editor), Professor Paul Helm (series_editor), Professor Musgrave Musgrave (series_editor), Professor Alan Goldman (series_editor), Oates Oates (series_editor), Professor Joseph Friggieri (series_editor), Professor David Lamb (series_editor), Professor Peter Lipton (series_editor), Dr. Simon Glendinning (series_editor)Hardback

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Frege's invention of the predicate calculus has been the most influential event in the history of modern logic. The calculus' place in logic is so central that many philosophers think, in fact, of it when they think of logic. This book challenges the position in contemporary logic and philosophy of language of the predicate calculus claiming that it is based on mistaken assumptions. Ben-Yami shows that the predicate calculus is different from natural language in its fundamental semantic characteristics, primarily in its treatment of reference and quantification, and that as a result the calculus is inadequate for the analysis of the semantics and logic of natural language. Ben-Yami develops both an alternative analysis of the semantics of natural language and an alternative deductive system comparable in its deductive power to first order predicate calculus but more adequate than it for the representation of the logic of natural language. Ben-Yami's book is a revolutionary challenge to classical first order predicate calculus, casting doubt on many of the central claims of modern logic.

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Dr Hanoch Ben-Yami works in the Philosophy Department at the Central European University of Hungary


Contents: Preface; Introduction; Part I Plural Referring Expressions: Plural referring expressions in natural language; Common nouns as plural referring expressions; The sources of the analysis of referring nouns as predicates; Reference. Part II Quantification: Quantification: natural language versus the predicate calculus; Multiple quantification; Pronouns, variables, and bound anaphors. Part III A deductive system for natural language: Derivation rules and consistency; Applications I: Aristotelian logic; Applications II: beyond Aristotelian logic. Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

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  • publication date: 28/02/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780754637431
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 168
  • ID: 9780754637431
  • weight: 391
  • ISBN10: 0754637433

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