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Title: Formality in Logic
Subtitle: From Logical Terms to Semantic Constraints
Author(s): SAGI, Gil
Journal: Logique et Analyse
Volume: 227    Date: 2014   
Pages: 259-276
DOI: 10.2143/LEA.227.0.3053506

Abstract :
In this paper I discuss a prevailing view by which logical terms determine forms of sentences and arguments and therefore the logical validity of arguments. This view is common to those who hold that there is a principled distinction between logical and nonlogical terms and those holding relativistic accounts. I adopt the Tarskian tradition by which logical validity is determined by form, but reject the centrality of logical terms. I propose an alternative framework for logic where logical terms no longer play a distinctive role. This account employs a new notion of semantic constraints. The paper includes some preliminary definitions and results in the new framework.

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