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David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
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This is a comprehensive study of the English word 'or', and the logical operators variously proposed to present its meaning. Although there are indisputably disjunctive uses of or in English, it is a mistake to suppose that logical disjunction represents its core meaning. 'Or' is descended from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning second, a form which survives in such expressions as "every other day." Its disjunctive uses arise through metalinguistic applications of an intermediate adverbial meaning which is conjunctive rather than disjunctive in character. These conjunctive uses have puzzled philosophers and logicians, and have been discussed extensively under such headings as "free choice permission." This study examines the textbook myths that have clouded our understanding of how or and other "logical" vocabulary comes to have something approaching its logical meaning in natural languages. It considers the various historical conceptions of disjunction and its place in logic from the Stoics to the present day.
|Keywords||Disjunction (Logic) Or (The English word)|
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Jacques Jayez & Lucia M. Tovena (2005). Free Choiceness and Non-Individuation. Linguistics and Philosophy 28 (1):1 - 71.
Liza Verhoeven & Leon Horsten (2005). On the Exclusivity Implicature of 'Or' or on the Meaning of Eating Strawberries. Studia Logica 81 (1):19-24.
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Liza Verhoeven & Leon Horsten (2005). On the Exclusivity Implicature of ‘Or’ or on the Meaning of Eating Strawberries. Studia Logica 81 (1):19-24.
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