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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