Dispensing with the grounds of logical necessity (Otávio Bueno)

The Logic and Metaphysics Workshop will meet on March 11th from 4:15-6:15 in-person at the Graduate Center (Room 7395) for a talk by Otávio Bueno (Miami).

Title: Dispensing with the grounds of logical necessity

Abstract: Logical laws are typically conceived as being necessary. But in virtue of what is this the case? That is, what are the grounds of logical necessity? In this paper, I examine four different answers to this question in terms of: truth-conditions, invariance of truth-values under different interpretations, possible worlds, and brute facts. I ultimately find all of them wanting. I conclude that an alternative conception of logic that dispenses altogether with grounds of logical necessity provides a less troublesome alternative. I then indicate some of the central features of this conception.

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