Heterogeneous logic

I. L. Humberstone

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Abstract

This paper considers the question: what becomes of the notion of a logic as a way of codifying valid arguments when the customary assumption is dropped that the premisses and conclusions of these arguments are statements from some single language? An elegant treatment of the notion of a logic, when this assumption is in force, is that provided by Dana Scott's theory of consequence relations; this treatment is appropriately generalized in the present paper to the case where we do not make this assumption of linguistic homogeneity. Several applications of the resulting concept of a heterogeneous logic are suggested, but the main emphasis is on the formal development. One topic touched on is a certain contrast between the boolean and the intensional sentence-connectives in this more general setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-435
Number of pages41
JournalErkenntnis
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1988

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