A Logic for a Critical Attitude?

Federico Boem, Stefano Bonzio

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Abstract

Individuating the logic of scientific discovery appears a hopeless enterprise. Less hopeless is trying to figure out a logical way to model the epistemic attitude distinguishing the practice of scientists. In this paper, we claim that classical logic cannot play such a descriptive role. We propose, instead, one of the three-valued logics in the Kleene family that is often classified as the less attractive one, namely Hallden’s logic. By providing it with an appropriate epistemic interpretation, we can informally model the scientific attitude.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-288
Number of pages28
JournalLogic and Logical Philosophy
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2022

Keywords

  • epistemic uncertainty
  • kleene logic
  • philosophy of science
  • logic modeling
  • Philosophy of science in practice

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