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Article: The later mohists and logic

TitleThe later mohists and logic
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Issue Date2010
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/01445340.asp
Citation
History And Philosophy Of Logic, 2010, v. 31 n. 3, p. 247-285 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article is a study of the Later Mohists' 'Lesser Selection (Xiǎoqǔ Chinese Source)', which, more than any other early Chinese text, seems to engage in the study of logic. I focus on a procedure that the Mohists called móu Chinese Source. Arguments by móu are grounded in linguistic parallelism, implying perhaps that the Mohists were on the way to a formal analysis of argumentation. However, their main aim was to head off arguments by móu that targeted their own doctrines, and if their argument succeeds then it entails that linguistic parallelism can never ground a cogent argument. In a way, this committed them to the view that formal logic cannot work, but the fact that they did not pursue this line of investigation was by no means inevitable. One consequence of this study is that the Later Mohists conducted their logical work by studying the behaviour of terms and verb phrases, and did not identify the sentence as a significant linguistic unit. This tends to confirm Chad Hansen's generalisation that early Chinese philosophers did not posit sentences or other sentence-like entities such as propositions, beliefs, or laws. Focusing on subsentential expressions did not stop the Mohists from addressing genuinely logical issues, but it may help explain the fact that they never developed a conception of logical structure. This study includes the complete Chinese text of the 'Lesser Selection' and a translation in English. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/161409
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.174
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dc.description.abstractThis article is a study of the Later Mohists' 'Lesser Selection (Xiǎoqǔ Chinese Source)', which, more than any other early Chinese text, seems to engage in the study of logic. I focus on a procedure that the Mohists called móu Chinese Source. Arguments by móu are grounded in linguistic parallelism, implying perhaps that the Mohists were on the way to a formal analysis of argumentation. However, their main aim was to head off arguments by móu that targeted their own doctrines, and if their argument succeeds then it entails that linguistic parallelism can never ground a cogent argument. In a way, this committed them to the view that formal logic cannot work, but the fact that they did not pursue this line of investigation was by no means inevitable. One consequence of this study is that the Later Mohists conducted their logical work by studying the behaviour of terms and verb phrases, and did not identify the sentence as a significant linguistic unit. This tends to confirm Chad Hansen's generalisation that early Chinese philosophers did not posit sentences or other sentence-like entities such as propositions, beliefs, or laws. Focusing on subsentential expressions did not stop the Mohists from addressing genuinely logical issues, but it may help explain the fact that they never developed a conception of logical structure. This study includes the complete Chinese text of the 'Lesser Selection' and a translation in English. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.en_HK
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