David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
This paper offers an expressivist account of logical form, arguing that in order to fully understand it one must examine what valid arguments make us do (or: what Achilles does and the Tortoise doesn’t, in Carroll’s famed fable). It introduces Charles Peirce’s distinction between symbols, indices and icons as three different kinds of signification whereby the sign picks out its object by learned convention, by unmediated indication, and by resemblance respectively. It is then argued that logical form is represented by the third, iconic, kind of sign. It is noted that icons uniquely enjoy partial identity between sign and object, and argued that this holds the key to Carroll’s puzzle. Finally, from this examination of sign-types metaphysical morals are drawn: that the traditional foes metaphysical realism and conventionalism constitute a false dichotomy, and that reality contains intriguingly inference-binding structures.
|Keywords||logical form Lewis Carroll metaphysical realism conventionalism icon symbol expressivism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Catherine Legg (2008). The Problem of the Essential Icon. American Philosophical Quarterly 45 (3):207-232.
Lewis Carroll (1895). What the Tortoise Said to Achilles. Mind 4 (14):278-280.
Corine Besson (2010). Propositions, Dispositions and Logical Knolwedge. In M. Bonelli & A. Longo (eds.), Quid Est Veritas? Essays in Honour of Jonathan Barnes. Bibliopolis.
John Brunero (2005). Instrumental Rationality and Carroll's Tortoise. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 8 (5):557 - 569.
Jan Willem Wieland (2013). What Carroll's Tortoise Actually Proves. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (5):983-997.
Charlie Kurth (2011). Logic for Morals, Morals From Logic. Philosophical Studies 155 (2):161-180.
Catherine Legg (2013). What is a Logical Diagram? In Sun-Joo Shin & Amirouche Moktefi (eds.), Visual Reasoning with Diagrams. Springer. 1-18.
Ullin T. Place (1995). Symbolic Processes and Stimulus Equivalence. Behavior and Philosophy 23 (3-1):13 - 30.
Ori Simchen (2001). Rules and Mention. Philosophical Quarterly 51 (205):455-473.
Francine Abeles (2007). Lewis Carroll's Visual Logic. History and Philosophy of Logic 28 (1):1-17.
Douglas R. Hofstadter (1982). Who Shoves Whom Around Inside the Careenium? Or What Is the Meaning of the Word "I"? The Achilles Symbol and the Tortoise Symbol Encounter Each Other Inside the Author's Cranium. Synthese 53 (2):189 - 218.
Edward Wakeling (1978). The Logic of Lewis Carroll: A Study of Lewis Carroll's Contribution to Logic: His Logical Discoveries and His Endeavours to Teach the Subject to Children. [The Author].
Yemima Ben-Menahem (2001). Convention: Poincaré and Some of His Critics. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 52 (3):471-513.
Added to index2012-10-12
Total downloads97 ( #14,580 of 1,413,333 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #51,540 of 1,413,333 )
How can I increase my downloads?