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Original scientific paper
https://doi.org/10.32701/dp.22.1.1

Logic Oughtn’t be Normative

Christopher J. Searle   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0001-9222-1254 ; University of Oxford

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APA 6th Edition
Searle, C.J. (2020). Logic Oughtn’t be Normative. Disputatio philosophica, 22 (1), 3-10. https://doi.org/10.32701/dp.22.1.1
MLA 8th Edition
Searle, Christopher J.. "Logic Oughtn’t be Normative." Disputatio philosophica, vol. 22, no. 1, 2020, pp. 3-10. https://doi.org/10.32701/dp.22.1.1. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Searle, Christopher J.. "Logic Oughtn’t be Normative." Disputatio philosophica 22, no. 1 (2020): 3-10. https://doi.org/10.32701/dp.22.1.1
Harvard
Searle, C.J. (2020). 'Logic Oughtn’t be Normative', Disputatio philosophica, 22(1), pp. 3-10. https://doi.org/10.32701/dp.22.1.1
Vancouver
Searle CJ. Logic Oughtn’t be Normative. Disputatio philosophica [Internet]. 2020 [cited 2021 September 16];22(1):3-10. https://doi.org/10.32701/dp.22.1.1
IEEE
C.J. Searle, "Logic Oughtn’t be Normative", Disputatio philosophica, vol.22, no. 1, pp. 3-10, 2020. [Online]. https://doi.org/10.32701/dp.22.1.1

Abstracts
Presumably, the exponent of logical normativity believes it to be the case that rational agents ought to reason logically. If the converse holds, and the exponent of logical normativity believes either (a) that it is false that rational agents ought to reason logically or (b) that the claim that rational agents ought to reason logi- cally is not truth–functional, then any attempt to formulate sound arguments in support of their position will be either question–begging or self–contradictory. To argue in favour of the normative status of logic involves the assumption that the issue is substantive. I draw a distinction between deontic and axiological normativity as applied to logical theory and demonstrate that because deontic sentences are not truth–functional, logic cannot be normative in the deontic sense. I conclude that the only sense in which logical theory may be thought of as normative is axiologically.

Keywords
logic; logical normativity; normative logic; logical theory; deontology; axiologic

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