Anything Goes

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What sorts of sequent-calculus rules succeed in specifying a legitimate piece of vocabulary? Following on Arthur Prior’s discussion of the connective tonk, there have been a flurry of criteria offered. Here, I step back a bit, examining the role of structural rules in an inferentialist theory of meaning, and sketch a theory on which any way at all of giving left and right sequent rules for a piece of vocabulary is ok. Tonk, among other things, is a full citizen of coherent-idea-land.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Inferentialism
  • Paradox
  • Sequent calculus
  • Structural rules
  • Tonk

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