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Grammar, Truth, and Logic

  • W. V. Quine
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 143)

Abstract

It is a general practice, in intellectual pursuits, to argue from the truth of one sentence to the truth of another. Some such arguments are the business of logic, others not. They belong to logic if they hinge purely on the structure of the sentences concerned, rather than depending on content. But the structure of sentences consists in grammatical constructions. Here, then, is the intimate connection between grammar, truth, and logic. Logic studies the truth conditions that hinge solely on grammatical constructions.

Keywords

Relative Clause Singular Term Grammatical Construction Truth Function Logical Truth 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1980

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