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Buridan's Consequentia : Consequence and Inference Within a Token-Based Semantics

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Abstract:

I examine the theory of consequentia of the medieval logician, John Buridan. Buridan advocates a strict commitment to what we now call proposition-tokens as the bearers of truth-value. The analysis of Buridan's theory shows that, within a token-based semantics, amendments to the usual notions of inference and consequence are made necessary, since pragmatic elements disrupt the semantic behaviour of propositions. In my reconstruction of Buridan's theory, I use some of the apparatus of modern two-dimensional semantics, such as two-dimensional matrices and the distinction between the context of formation and the context of evaluation of utterances.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01445340500211173

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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