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Meaning in Dialogue

An Interactive Approach to Logic and Reasoning

  • Offers a comprehensive introduction to inferentialism in logic

  • Situates logic and reasoning in the context of dialogue

  • Discusses a novel approach to logical paradox and logical revision

  • Uses techniques from proof-theory, category theory, topos theory, and computer science


Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. James Trafford
    Pages 1-19
  3. James Trafford
    Pages 21-45
  4. James Trafford
    Pages 47-77
  5. James Trafford
    Pages 79-108
  6. James Trafford
    Pages 109-156
  7. James Trafford
    Pages 157-188
  8. James Trafford
    Pages 189-210
  9. James Trafford
    Pages 211-230

About this book


This book argues for a view in which processes of dialogue and interaction are taken to be foundational to reasoning, logic, and meaning. This is both a continuation, and a substantial modification, of an inferentialist approach to logic. As such, the book not only provides a critical introduction to the inferentialist view, but it also provides an argument that this shift in perspective has deep and foundational consequences for how we understand the nature of logic and its relationship with meaning and reasoning. This has been upheld by several technical results, including, for example a novel approach to logical paradox and logical revision, and an account of the internal justification of logical rules. The book shows that inferentialism is greatly strengthened, such that it can answer the most stringent criticisms of the view. This leads to a view of logic that emphasizes the dynamics of reasoning, provides a novel account of the justification and normativity of logical rules, thus leading to a new, attractive approach to the foundations of logic. The book addresses readers interested in philosophy of language, philosophical and mathematical logic, theories of reasoning, and also those who actively engage in current debates involving, for example, logical revision, and the relationship between logic and reasoning, from advanced undergraduates, to professional philosophers, mathematicians, and linguists.



Inferentialism in Logic Inferentialist Semantics Rules in Dialogue Logical Revision Dynamics of Reasoning Proof-theory Proof-Theoretic Semantics Non-deductive Rules Co-constructive Logic Paracoherence Constructivism Interaction Interactive Logic Dialogical Logic

Authors and affiliations

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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Meaning in Dialogue
  • Book Subtitle An Interactive Approach to Logic and Reasoning
  • Authors James Trafford
  • Series Title Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies Applied Philosophy, Epistemology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-47204-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83679-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-47205-8
  • Series ISSN 2192-6255
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-6263
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 230
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Logic
    Theoretical Linguistics
    Mathematical Logic and Foundations
    Political Theory
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