Einschliessend oder ausschliessend, das ist hier die Frage – Zur Bedeutung von "oder"

Einschliessend oder ausschliessend, das ist hier die Frage – Zur Bedeutung von "oder"

Author: Guenther, Matthias

Source: Grazer Philosophische Studien, Edited by Johannes L. Brandl, Marian David and Leopold Stubenberg , pp. 127-145(19)

Publisher: Rodopi

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Abstract:

Commonly it is supposed that there is an inclusive "or" and an exclusive "or". However, doubts have been raised about this standard interpretation of "or". But, as far as I know, these doubts have never been elaborated. In this article I shall develope a critique of the standard interpretation. It is argued that the distinction between the inclusive and the exclusive understanding of sentences of the form "p or q" can be explained by making use of the inclusive "or" alone. This critique of the traditional point of view will be carried out by determining the sense in which the word "or" and sentences of the form "p or q" are used. Finally I shall discuss some special uses of "or" which are particularly challenging for the main thesis of this article.

Language: ger

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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