[Corpora-List] ad-hoc generalization and meaning
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Thu Sep 13 02:24:55 CEST 2007
On 9/13/07, John F. Sowa <sowa at bestweb.net> wrote:
> > doesn't any combination of symbols define a "logic" of its own?
> ...the short answer is "No!"
> The longer answer is that logic is intimately connected with
> the distinction between what is true and what is false about
> the domain of discourse -- usually some aspect of the real world,
> but possibly some abstract or imaginary world.
OK, then doesn't any _grammar_ define a logic of its own?
Remember the ad-hoc grammatical pattens found by syntax in the model I'm
suggesting all reflect meaningful regularities in a corpus (e.g. "strong" =
"black" or "strong" != "black"). They are only ad-hoc in the sense they
select between contradictory "truths".
> To cut to the chase a little, in going from an idea of syntax
> > based on fixed grammatical patterns to an idea of syntax based
> > on ad-hoc generalizations, haven't we brought syntax into much
> > closer correspondence with the idea of meaning associated with
> > Wittgenstein's "games", as described in your own article:
> Not unless you are prepared to specify the details of a completely
> new Wittgensteinian theory of logic
Perhaps I have misunderstood your article. Were you not presenting
Wittgenstein's games as an ad-hoc form of logic?
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