David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Quarterly 55 (221):625–648 (2005)
I examine Paul Boghossian's recent attempt to argue for scepticism about logical rules. I argue that certain rule- and proof-theoretic considerations can avert such scepticism. Boghossian's 'Tonk Argument' seeks to justify the rule of tonk-introduction by using the rule itself. The argument is subjected here to more detailed proof-theoretic scrutiny than Boghossian undertook. Its sole axiom, the so-called Meaning Postulate for tonk, is shown to be false or devoid of content. It is also shown that the rules of Disquotation and of Semantic Ascent cannot be derived for sentences with tonk dominant. These considerations deprive Boghossian's scepticism of its support
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|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
Nuel Belnap (1962). Tonk, Plonk and Plink. Analysis 22 (6):130-134.
James Dugundji (1940). Note on a Property of Matrices for Lewis and Langford's Calculi of Propositions. Journal of Symbolic Logic 5 (4):150-151.
F. Kroon, E. McCann, B. C. Van Fraassen & C. Wright (2001). Boghossian, P., 1 Fine, A., 107 Grimm, SR, 171 Guleserian, T., 293. Philosophical Studies 106 (306).
Dag Prawitz (1977). Meaning and Proofs: On the Conflict Between Classical and Intuitionistic Logic. Theoria 43 (1):2--40.
Dag Prawitz (1974). On the Idea of a General Proof Theory. Synthese 27 (1-2):63 - 77.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Paul A. Boghossian (1989). The Rule-Following Considerations. Mind 98 (392):507-49.
Michael Bishop & Benett Bootz (2007). Goodbye, Justification. Hello World. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):269-285.
Bernard Walliser & Denis Zwirn (2002). Can Bayes' Rule Be Justified by Cognitive Rationality Principles? Theory and Decision 53 (2):95-135.
Peter Pagin (2002). Rule-Following, Compositionality and the Normativity of Meaning. In D. Prawitz (ed.), Meaning and Interpretation. Konferenser.
Philip A. Ebert (2005). Transmission of Warrant-Failure and the Notion of Epistemic Analyticity. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 83 (4):505 – 521.
Gerry Hough (2008). A Dilemma for Sinnott-Armstrong's Moderate Pyrrhonian Moral Scepticism. Philosophical Quarterly 58 (232):457–462.
Brian Weatherson (2012). Induction and Supposition. The Reasoner 6:78-80.
William R. Stirton (2008). Some Problems for Proof-Theoretic Semantics. Philosophical Quarterly 58 (231):278–298.
Philip Pettit (2005). On Rule-Following, Folk Psychology, and the Economy of Esteem: A Reply to Boghossian, Dreier and Smith. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 124 (2):233-259.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads44 ( #36,848 of 1,098,129 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #21,787 of 1,098,129 )
How can I increase my downloads?