Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Operators, logic: operators are symbols for performing a function, e.g. and; or; if; then; etc.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Operator/law/Truth function/Fodor: it is a law, defines a non-truth-functional context - (or not all the truth functions of natural-kind predicates are themselves natural-kind predicates) - e.g. the inference from a premise of the form (P comprises R) and (Q comprises S) to a conclusion of the form (P v Q) comprising (R v S) is valid! - No nat-kind predicate: E.g. -is either friction or sunlight - because there is no law by friction or by sunlight either heat or photosynthesis are produced - even if the individual disjuncts are laws. - Nevertheless: liberal reductionism: amounts to a bracketing of individual disjunctions. - Bridge statements: must be laws - from truth-functions follow no natural kinds. - E.g. bumble bee or bat.

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J. Fodor/E. Lepore
Holism Cambridge USA Oxford UK 1992

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2018-06-21