On Williamson's new Quinean argument against nonclassical logic

  • Jc Beall


In "Semantic paradoxes and abductive methodology", Williamson presents a new Quinean argument based on central ingredients of common pragmatism about theory choice (including logical theory, as is common). What makes it new is that, in addition to avoiding Quine's unfortunate charge of mere terminological squabble, Williamson's argument explicitly rejects at least for purposes of the argument Quine's key conservatism premise.

In this paper I do two things. First, I argue that Williamson's new Quinean argument implicitly relies on Quine's conservatism principle. Second, by way of answering his charges against nonclassical logic I directly defend a particular subclassical account of logical consequence.


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BEALL, Jc. On Williamson's new Quinean argument against nonclassical logic. The Australasian Journal of Logic, [S.l.], v. 16, n. 7, p. 202-230, nov. 2019. ISSN 1448-5052. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/ajl/article/view/5915>. Date accessed: 23 jan. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/ajl.v16i7.5915.