Use in Logic
Shawn Standefer (University of Melbourne)

April 13, 2017, 4:15pm - 6:15pm
The University of Melbourne, Philosophy Discipline

G 16 (Jim Potter Room)
Old Physics Building
Melbourne University 3010
Australia

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Abstract: One of the motivations given by Anderson and Belnap for their logics E and R was the Use Criterion, which said that in the derivation of a conditional, the antecedent had to be used to obtain the consequent. The Use Criterion largely dropped out of subsequent work on relevant logics. I will present an interpretation of proofs in terms of informational flow that, I think, captures a core idea of the Use Criterion. I briefly explain how this can be used to respond to some objections to the Use Criterion. (This is a talk for generalists, and it will not assume any particular logical background.)

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