Deviance and Vice: Strength as a theoretical virtue in the epistemology of logic
Gillian Russell (UNC Chapel Hill, )

December 1, 2017, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

32 Vassar Street
United States


This paper is about the putative theoretical virtue of strength, as it might be used in abductive arguments to the correct logic in the epistemology of logic. It argues for three theses. The first is that the well-defined property of logical strength is neither a virtue nor a vice, so that logically weaker theories are not—all other things being equal—worse or better theories than logically stronger ones. The second thesis is that logical strength does not entail the looser characteristic of scientific strength, and the third is that many modern logics are on a par—or can be made to be on a par—with respect to scientific strength.

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