Single Idea 18922

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / E. Structures of Logic / 1. Logical Form]

Full Idea

The underlying logical syntax of language is close to the surface syntax of ordinary language.

Gist of Idea

Logical syntax is actually close to surface linguistic form


George Engelbretsen (Trees, Terms and Truth [2005], 5)

Book Reference

'The Old New Logic', ed/tr. Oderberg,David S. [MIT 2005], p.47

A Reaction

This is the boast of the Term logicians, in opposition to the strained and unnatural logical forms of predicate logic, which therefore don't give a good account of the way ordinary speakers reason. An attractive programme. 'Terms' are the key.