On Dialogue: A Framework for a Logic of Natural Discourse

Paul Tomassi

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    Abstract

    Wittgenstein's later critique of the Tractarian picture of logic rules out any conception of that subject as the study of universal features of discourse. Given later references to 'the logic of our language', however, some conception of logic survives even on Wittgenstein's later view. At the same time, his rejection of conceptions of philosophical theory as explanatory seems to force Wittgenstein into descriptivism. Here I argue that despite these constraints a valuable, normative account of logic consistent with Wittgenstein's critique can be identified. That possibility naturally raises a further question: can any conception of formal logic as valuable modulo natural language survive Wittgenstein's later change of heart? Again, I argue for a positive response and propose a formal framework in terms of which analogues of inferential structures (both traditional and non-traditional) can be constructed. Hence the claim that the system in question constitutes a framework for a logic of natural discourse.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIn: Critical Studies (16), Language - Meaning - Social Construction Interdisciplinary Studies (eds. Grant,C. B.;McLaughlin,D.), Rodopi,B. V., Amsterdam-New York
    Place of PublicationIn: Critical Studies (16), Language - Meaning - Social Construction Interdisciplinary Studies (eds. Grant,C. B.;McLaughlin,D.), Rodopi,B. V., Amsterdam-New York
    Pages85-105
    Number of pages20
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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    Tomassi, P. (2001). On Dialogue: A Framework for a Logic of Natural Discourse. In In: Critical Studies (16), Language - Meaning - Social Construction Interdisciplinary Studies (eds. Grant,C. B.;McLaughlin,D.), Rodopi,B. V., Amsterdam-New York (pp. 85-105).