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7 On Logical Aliens

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This chapter explains and defends logical pluralism and the possibility of aliens. It explores the author's view with the kind of logical pluralism proposed by J.C. Beall and Greg Restall. The chapter argues that their position cannot do justice to the normativity of logic as the set of laws governing human thought. It discusses in some detail an argument offered by Hilary Putnam against the view that all logical principles can be revised. Putnam derives from this argument a further conclusion which is tantamount to a denial of logical pluralism. The chapter shows that even if the argument was successful, it would not warrant the further conclusion that wholesale logical disagreement is impossible. It considers an argument which has been developed by James Conant. Since none of these arguments are in the least convincing, the chapter concludes that logical pluralism has not been refuted.

Keywords: Greg Restall; Hilary Putnam; James Conant; logical aliens; logical pluralism



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