Language Heedless of Logic - Philosophy Mindful of What? Failures of Distributive and Absorption Laws

Abstract

Much of philosophical logic and all of philosophy of language make empirical claims about the vernacular natural language. They presume semantics under which ‘and’ and ‘or’ are related by the dually paired distributive and absorption laws. However, at least one of each pair of laws fails in the vernacular. ‘Implicature’-based auxiliary theories associated… (More)

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