ERIC Number: ED275186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
"Hence"--An Iconoclastic Study of Logic, Language and Argumentation.
Van der Auwera, Johan
An analysis of the role of the word "hence" and its near-synonyms examines the relationship between logic as a science, as a natural language, and as argumentation. The analysis is done in the context of elementary propositional logic. The first section is a limited discussion of the standard logician's treatment relegating "hence" to the realm of non-truth-functionality: that is, the truth-value of the compound proposition is not simply a function of the truth-values of its components. The second section advocates treating "hence" as a propositional logical connective and outlines the argument, based on natural language-oriented semantics. The third section offers a partial explanation of why standard propositional logic has been accepted by generations of logicians and non-logicians despite the vagueness concerning its relation to natural language and reasoning. The lack of interest in and respect for the multi-faceted linguistic role of the word "hence" is unwarranted. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Ostman, Jan-Ola, Ed. Cohesion and Semantics. Reports on Text Linguistics, see FL 016 125.