Logical pluralism is the theory that there is more than one right logic. Logical instrumentalism is the view that a logic is a correct logic if it can be used to fruitfully pursue some deductive inquiry. Logical instrumentalism is a version of logical pluralism, since more than one logic can be used fruitfully. In this paper, I will show that a logical instrumentalist must accept linear logic as a correct logic, since linear logic is useful for studying natural language syntax. I further show that this means that the logical instrumentalist must accept a wide range of connectives, in particular concatenation. I end by explaining why this is a feature rather than a bug.
Original Publication Citation
Kissel, T. K. (2019). Logical Instrumentalism and Concatenation. Felsefe Arkivi (51), 153-160. https://doi.org/10.26650/arcp2019-5110
Kissel, Teresa Kouri, "Logical Instrumentalism and Concatenation" (2019). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 83.