Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

The Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 112, No. 10, October 2015

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

The Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 112, No. 10, October 2015

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Logic as Metaphysics, NICK ZANGWILL

This article defends logical realism. It begins by motivating the realist approach by underlining the difficulties for its main rival, inferentialism. The article then focuses on and and or, and delineates a realist view of these two logical constants. The realist view is developed in terms of Alexander's Principle--showing that and and or have distinctive determining roles. After that, the article says what logic is not. We should not take logic to be essentially about the mind, or language, or exclusively about an abstract realm, or about reasoning, truth, truth-tables, truth-functions, topic-neutrality, or form. Lastly, the article turns to consider negation and argues that we cannot escape negative facts, and facts conjoining and disjoining negative facts with positive facts. The article then gives negation a distinctive role, one that contrasts with and and or. The article reflects on the notion of logic in the coda.

The Multisensory Character of Perception, CASEY O'CALLAGHAN

The thesis of this article is that perceptual awareness is richly multisensory. …

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