Truth, Negation and Meaning

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‘True’ and ‘False’ are defined through a linguistic rule requiring thenegation operator. This is the elaboration of an idea proffered for the first time bythe Stoics on the basis of some remarks by Aristotle and then in modern times byFrege and Wittgenstein. Another thesis of this essay is the following: the true/falserule is a sort of Ur-Regel underlying all linguistic practices (including prayers andcommands) and all human cultures. Reinterpreting the notion of Spielraum putforward by Wittgenstein in 4.463 of the Tractatus, I will present an implicationalpragmatic theory of a true proposition. Wit and reductio ad absurdum areexplained as examples of Spielraum.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on Pragmatics and Philosophy
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language


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