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Hjortland, Ole T. (2013): Speech Acts, Categoricity, and the Meanings of Logical Connectives. In: Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic

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In bilateral systems for classical logic, assertion and denial occur as primitive signs on formulae. Such systems lend themselves to an inferentialist story about how truth-conditional content of connectives can be determined by inference rules. In particular, for classical logic there is a bilateral proof system which has a property that Carnap (1943) called categoricity. We show that categorical systems can be given for any finite many-valued logic using n-sided sequent calculus. These systems are understood as a further development of bilateralism—call it multilateralism. The overarching idea is that multilateral proof systems can incorporate the logic of a variety of denial speech acts. So against Frege we say that denial is not the negation of assertion, and with Mark Twain, that denial is more than a river in Egypt.

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