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In defence of logical nominalism: reply to Leftow

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This paper defends (especially in response to Brian Leftow's recent attack) logical nominalism, the thesis that logically necessary truth belongs primarily to sentences and depends solely on the conventions of human language. A sentence is logically necessary (that is, a priori metaphysically necessary) iff its negation entails a contradiction. A sentence is a posteriori metaphysically necessary iff it reduces to a logical necessity when we substitute for rigi...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1017/s0034412510000235

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
College Only
Department:
Oriel College
Oxford college:
Oriel College
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Religious Studies Journal website
Volume:
46
Issue:
03
Pages:
311-330
Publication date:
2010-07-27
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EISSN:
1469-901X
ISSN:
0034-4125
Pubs id:
pubs:701303
URN:
uri:92edd4c6-ac0a-41f2-8e61-e5bf3e664ef5
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uuid:92edd4c6-ac0a-41f2-8e61-e5bf3e664ef5
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pubs:701303
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English
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