Logic isn't normative

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Russell, Gillian 2020. Logic isn't normative. Inquiry. 63 (3-4), pp. 371 - 388. https://doi.org/10.1080/0020174X.2017.1372305
AuthorsRussell, Gillian
Abstract

Some writers object to logical pluralism on the grounds that logic is normative. The rough idea is that the relation of logical consequence has consequences for what we ought to think and how we ought to reason, so that pluralism about the consequence relation would result in an incoherent or unattractive pluralism about those things. In this paper I argue that logic isn’t normative. I distinguish three different ways in which a theory – such as a logical theory – can be entangled with the normative and argue that logic is only entangled in the weakest of these ways, one which requires it to have no normativity of its own. I use this view to show what is wrong with three different arguments for the conclusion that logic is normative.

Keywordsnormativity; philosophy of logic; logical pluralism; inference vs. implication; logical consequence
Year2020
JournalInquiry
Journal citation63 (3-4), pp. 371 - 388
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0020-174X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/0020174X.2017.1372305
Page range371 - 388
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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