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Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

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19-20 March 2015, Logic and Inference, London, U.K.

Date: 19-20 March 2015
Location: London, U.K.

The role of logic can hardly be underestimated. On one hand, logical rules determine the basic canons of correct thinking. On the other, it is well known that very large portions of mathematics can be reconstructed only using logic and definitions. But what is logic? And how, if at all, can we know facts about logical validity? One promising starting point for answering these questions is the thought that logic, and our knowledge of it, are to be understood with reference to our *inferential practice*.

Accordingly, the conference focuses on the twofold inferentialist idea that the meaning of a logical expression is determined by the rules for its correct deductive use, and that to know the meaning of a logical expression is to know how to use it correctly. This very popular idea among philosophers has never been systematically explored. The main aim of the conference is to clarify the position, and to explore its attractive, if controversial, epistemological ramifications.

Website: http://inferenceandlogic.wordpress.com/conference/. Attendance is free. However, if you are planning to attend, please send an email to either Julien () or Florian ().

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