Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 20:333-333 (1971)

The papers in this volume were written over a period of nine years. Thematically they represent Hintikka’s great interest in what can be said, in formal terms, about philosophically important concepts. Since these concepts are embedded in ordinary language their logic may be viewed as an explanatory model displaying an aspect of the rationale of ordinary language. This model is not simply a mirror: ‘As the case is with theoretical models in general, it does not seem to be derivable from any number of observations concerning ordinary language. It has to be invented rather than discovered’. Hintikka’s own work on the central epistemic concepts of knowledge and belief convinced him that in the final analysis of philosophical concepts, syntactical methods have to be supplemented by semantical ones: ‘We have to ask what conditions the truth of a set of statements imposes on the world, or what kinds of “possible worlds” there must be in order for a set of statements to be consistent. Such a semantical analysis often gives us deeper insights into the logic of philosophically important notions. It seems to me that the critics of formal logic as a weapon of philosophical analysis have often overlooked the force of semantical methods and in effect spoken of syntactical methods only’.
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