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Robin Smith
Haverford College (Haverford, PA 19041-1392)

Semantics and Inference Before Aristotle

To investigate two subjects important for the "prehistory" of logic in ancient Greece: (l) naive rules of inference in writers of the fifth and early fourth centuries B.C.; (2) naive semantical assumptions for the same writers. Explanation of the concepts and justification of the coherence and utility of the use of "the naive rule of inference" and the "naive semantical assumption, will be a major aim of the study. Investigation will include studies of naive rules of inference found in pre-Aristotelian Orators (notably Gorgias, Lysias, Isocrates) and the Sophists; studies of naive semantical assumptions suggested in Pre-Socratic cosmologists and the Hippocratic writings; and both subjects in the writings of Plato.

Project fields:
Philosophy, General

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Total amounts:
$15,360 (approved)
$15,360 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1979 – 6/30/1979