On an Account of Logicality

Ciro De Florio, Massimiliano Carrara

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Linnebo argues that Boolos' interpretation of second order monadic logic (MSOL) is not logic. His argument starts by proposing some conditions for logicality (ontological innocence, cognitive primacy, and universal applicability) and goes on arguing that Boolos' proposal does not satisfy them. The problem is that, in our view, Linnebo's conditions for logicality meet some general difficulties on the very same notion. His formulation cannot be considered a good test for demarcating what is logic at all. Take first order logic (F OL ): either it does not satisfy the conditions proposed or it satisfies them trivially. A positive result of our analysis is that an account of logicality based on independency is better evaluable in a relational setting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Directions in Logic and the Philosophy of Science
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Logicality
  • Philosophy of Logic


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