Peter Strawson (Philosophy Now Series) by Clifford Brown

By Clifford Brown

Peter Strawson's paintings has substantially altered the philosophical thought of research, again metaphysics to centre degree in Anglo-American philosophy, and reworked the framework for next interpretations of Kantian philosophy. during this advent to Strawson's rules, Clifford Brown presents shut and designated exam of the arguments and contributions to debates that experience demonstrated Strawson's ambitious recognition. each one bankruptcy offers transparent exposition of a valuable paintings and explores the ways that different philosophers have replied to Strawson's tasks. Brown indicates how Strawson's philosophical process has been to hunt higher figuring out of specific techniques or concept-groups, drawing out parallels and connections between them that shed new mild over an it appears accepted panorama. Strawson's crucial techniques in common sense and language are proven to have remained consistent all through his occupation, whereas he has prolonged their software throughout a vast variety of philosophical themes

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Logical appraisal is properly applied to statements, not sentences. That appraisal is made possible by the boundaries of applicability we draw for referring expressions. To accept such a boundary for “p” is to establish its definition, and therefore to accept “p and not-p” as a logical contradiction. Behind logical inconsistencies between statements, there are linguistic rules for the use of expressions that are in play. Formal logic’s ultimate dependence on the workings of ordinary language is thus apparent.

To say that S1 entails S2 is to say that it is inconsistent to affirm S1 and deny S2. It is also to say that it is not the case that S1 and not S2. With the truth-functional connectors “and”, “not” and “implies” thus in place in the logician’s second-order vocabulary, Strawson completes the catalogue of words used in logical appraisals. Among them: “S1 is logically equivalent to S2” = “S1 entails S2, and S2 entails S1” If S1 entails S2, then S1 is a sufficient condition of S2, and S2 is a necessary condition of S1 Chapter 2: Formal Logic While a logician’s work thus essentially involves entailments, it is not his task to make an exhaustive list of them; that would be an unending enterprise.

To be is to be the value of a variable. (Quine 1972: 234) Here is the great divide that on Strawson’s account separates him from both Quine and Russell. Quine’s concern that singular terms are ambiguous in their reference is set aside by Strawson on the grounds that singular terms in themselves do not refer at all, they are instead used by persons to make reference. If in that reference there is ambiguity, the responsibility lies with the statement-maker, not with the term. For that matter, ambiguity has its uses and indeed its occasional sweetness in the ordinary language of daily life.

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