PP-2007-31: Anselm's Logic of Agency

PP-2007-31: Uckelman, Sara (2007) Anselm's Logic of Agency. [Report]

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The origins of treating agency as a modal concept go back at least to the 11th century when Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, provided a modal explication of the Latin _facere_ 'to do', which can be formalized within the context of modern modal logic and neighborhood semantics. The agentive logic induced by his conception satisfies the traditional square of opposition, but also has some unique properties which reflect the fact that Anselm's modal view of agency is grounded strongly in nonlogical philosophical and theological considerations. Our conclusion is that Anselm's logic of agency when presented with the tools of modern formal logic is still a viable theory of agency for current times.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: PP-2007-31
Series Name: Prepublication (PP) Series
Year: 2007
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency; square of opposition; ordinary language; neighborhood semantics; Anselm of Canterbury
Subjects: Language
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/265

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