© 1978

Foundations of Logico-Linguistics

A Unified Theory of Information, Language, and Logic

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Part of the Synthese Language Library book series (SLAP, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. William S. Cooper
    Pages 1-12
  3. William S. Cooper
    Pages 13-46
  4. William S. Cooper
    Pages 47-67
  5. William S. Cooper
    Pages 68-89
  6. William S. Cooper
    Pages 90-123
  7. William S. Cooper
    Pages 124-131
  8. William S. Cooper
    Pages 132-157
  9. William S. Cooper
    Pages 212-241
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 242-249

About this book


In 1962 a mimeographed sheet of paper fell into my possession. It had been prepared by Ernest Adams of the Philosophy Department at Berkeley as a handout for a colloquim. Headed 'SOME FALLACIES OF FORMAL LOGIC' it simply listed eleven little pieces of reasoning, all in ordinary English, and all absurd. I still have the sheet, and quote a couple of the arguments here to give the idea. • If you throw switch S and switch T, the motor will start. There­ fore, either if you throw switch S the motor will start, or, if you throw switch T the motor will start . • It is not the case that if John passes history he will graduate. Therefore, John will pass history. The disconcerting thing about these inferences is, of course, that under the customary truth-functional interpretation of and, or, not, and if-then, they are supposed to be valid. What, if anything, is wrong? At first I was not disturbed by the examples. Having at that time consider­ able personal commitment to rationality in general and formal logic in par­ ticular, I felt it my duty and found myself easily able (or so I thought) to explain away most of them. But on reflection I had to admit that my expla­ nations had an ad hoc character, varying suspiciously from example to example.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Foundations of Logico-Linguistics
  • Book Subtitle A Unified Theory of Information, Language, and Logic
  • Authors W.S. Cooper
  • Series Title Synthese Language Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-0864-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-0876-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-9820-9
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 250
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Philosophy of Language
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