Logic as Science: 1st Workshop in the Anti-exceptionalism about Logic project

November 18, 2016 - November 19, 2016
Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen

Sydnesplassen 12-13


Suki Finn
University College, Dublin
Bruno Jacinto
James Levine
Trinity College Dublin
Øystein Linnebo
University of Oslo
Graham Priest
CUNY Graduate Center
Jack Woods
University of Leeds

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According to W. V. Quine's Two Dogmas of Empiricism, logic is a science. Like theories in physics, economics, and biology, logical theories may be revised, and sometimes even as a result of empirical evidence. In advocating a gradualism between logic and the empirical sciences, Quine subverts the foundationalist ambitions of logic. Logic cannot be justified a priori, nor are the truths of logic analytic. 

Quine's anti-exceptionalism about logic has opened up a series of important questions. What are logical theories theories of? What counts as evidence for such theories? What are the criteria for theory choice in logic? Do these criteria, whatever they are, favour classical logic or nonclassical logic? And what is left of the normative status of logic if we accept Quine's gradualism?

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November 1, 2016, 5:00am CET

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