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Greg Restall: Defining Modal Concepts

Or how logic and normative pragmatics can show how we can coordinate on (some) notions of possibility and necessity

Defining Modal Concepts (or how logic and normative pragmatics can show how we can coordinate on (some) notions of possibility and necessity)

In this talk I will explain how it can be that inference rules can be used to define a class of concepts, and why there are at least three grades of logical complexity (propositional connectives, quantifiers, and modals), depending on the kinds of discourse features exploited in those rules. I will then attempt to use the parallel and distinctions between modal and quantificational expressions to draw out some consequences for how we can coordinate our use of specific kinds of epistemic and subjunctive modal expressions.

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