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[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / E. Structures of Logic / 1. Logical Form]

Full Idea

'Logical Form' is a technical notion motivated by the observation that sentences with a similar surface structure may exhibit quite different logical behaviour.

Gist of Idea

Logical Form explains differing logical behaviour of similar sentences


Chris Swoyer (Properties [2000], 4.2)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.19

A Reaction

[Swoyer goes on to give some nice examples] The tricky question is whether each sentence has ONE logical form. Pragmatics warns us of the dangers. One needs to check numerous inferences from a given sentences, not just one.