Generality and Logical Constancy

Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 71 (4):753-768 (2015)

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Phil Corkum
University of Alberta
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Resumo As verdades lógicas são um tema paradigmaticamente tópico-neutral. O autor defende que a tópico-neutralidade é ambígua entre duas concepções. Sob uma concepção, a verdade é um tópico-neutral se ela for caracterizada pela sua abstracção de todo o conteúdo semântico; de acordo com uma outra concepção, a verdade é um tópico-neutral se for abstraída das identidades específicas das coisas. O autor irá discutir o significado desta distinção no critério de Peacocke para a constância lógica pensada em termos de condições a priori de cognoscibilidade. Palavras-chave : conhecimento a priori, consequência lógica, constantes lógicas, tópiconeutralidade, verdade lógicaLogical truths are paradigmatically topic-neutral. I argue that topic-neutrality is ambiguous between two conceptions. Under one conception, a truth is topic-neutral if it is characterized by its abstraction from all semantic content whatsoever; according to another conception, a truth is topic-neutral if it is abstracted from the specific identities of things. I’ll discuss the significance of this distinction for Peacocke’s criterion for logical constancy drawn in terms of a priori knowability conditions. Keywords : logical truth, logical constants, logical consequence, a priori knowledge, topic neutrality
Keywords a priori knowledge  logical consequence  logical constants  logical truth  topic neutrality
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DOI 10.17990/rpf/2015_71_4_0753
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