We will meet on April 21 from 12-14 in room C124.

Teacher:  Juliette Kennedy

Scope: 5 cr

Type: Advanced

Teaching: Seminar


We will survey the literature on logical consequence, starting with Tarski's seminal paper  ‘On the concept of logical consequence,’ going up through Etchemendy's critique and the various responses to both. 

Prerequisites: Interest!

Teaching schedule

Wednesdays at 14-16, room C124


Students will present a paper or book chapter during the seminar.

Course material

Papers and books (partial list):

  1. Tarski, A. 1983. ‘On the concept of logical consequence,’ pp. 409-420 in A. Tarski, Logic, Semantics, Metamathematics: Papers from 1923-1938, 2nd edition, John Corcoran (editor), J. H. Woodger (translator), Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing.

2. Etchemendy, J. 1990. The Concept of Logical Consequence, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

2a. Etchemendy, J. 1983. ‘The doctrine of logic as form,’ Linguistics and Philosophy 6, 319-334.

2b. Etchemendy, J. 1988a. ‘Models, semantics and logical truth,’ Linguistics and Philosophy 11, 91-106.

2c. Etchemendy, J. 1988b. ‘Tarski on truth and logical consequence,’ Journal of Symbolic Logic 53, 51-79.

3. PAUL RUSNOCK AND MARK BURKE, "ETCHEMENDY AND BOLZANO ON LOGICAL CONSEQUENCE", in History and Philosophy of Logic, 31 (2010) 3-29 

4. Detlefsen, M., "Critical Essay on John Etchemendy's The Concept of Logical Consequence," in the journal Philosophical Books, volume 34, January 1993

5. Mancosu, P. Fixed- versus Variable-domain Interpretations of Tarski's Account of Logical Consequence

6. Dag Westerstahl, From constants to consequence, and back 


8. What is a Logical Constant?

Author(s): Christopher Peacocke
Source: The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 73, No. 9 (May 6, 1976), pp. 221-240 


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