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Logical Pluralism from a Pragmatic Perspective

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This paper presents a new view of logical pluralism. This pluralism takes into account how the logical connectives shift, depending on the context in which they occur. Using the Question-Under-Discussion Framework as formulated by Craige Roberts, I identify the contextual factor that is responsible for this shift. I then provide an account of the meanings of the logical connectives which can accommodate this factor. Finally, I suggest that this new pluralism has a certain Carnapian flavour. Questions about the meanings of the connectives or the best logic outside of a specified context are not legitimate questions.
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Keywords: Carnap; connectives; logical pluralism; polysemy; questions under discussion

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Old Dominion University,

Publication date: 03 July 2018

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