Operands and instances

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Fritz, Peter. (2023). Operands and instances. The Review of Symbolic Logic. 16(1), pp. 188-209. https://doi.org/10.1017/S175502032100040X
AuthorsFritz, Peter
Abstract

Can conjunctive propositions be identical without their conjuncts being identical? Can universally quantified propositions be identical without their instances being identical? On a common conception of propositions, on which they inherit the logical structure of the sentences which express them, the answer is negative both times. Here, it will be shown that such a negative answer to both questions is inconsistent, assuming a standard type-theoretic formalization of theorizing about propositions. The result is not specific to conjunction and universal quantification, but applies to any binary operator and propositional quantifier. It is also shown that the result essentially arises out of giving a negative answer to both questions, as each negative answer is consistent by itself.

Keywordsstructured propositions; logical structure; higher-order logic; propositional quantifiers
Year2023
JournalThe Review of Symbolic Logic
Journal citation16 (1), pp. 188-209
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN1755-0203
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S175502032100040X
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85114331848
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