Negative Existentials and Non-denoting Terms

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Logical and semantical issues surrounding non-denoting terms have been investigated since ancient times, in both the Western and Indian philosophical traditions. And in a more applied formal setting, such issues have also gained importance in constructive mathematics, as well as computer science and software engineering. The paper first presents a strategic exploration of logical treatments of reference failure in Western thought, and then goes on to provide a comparative examination of the issue in the Indian tradition, particularly with respect to the dispute between the Yogācāra-Sautrāntika school of Buddhism and the Nyāya school of Hinduism. The paper concludes by advancing a formalization of the Buddhist apoha semantical theory in terms of a dualdomain Free logic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLogic and Its Applications
Subtitle of host publication6th Indian Conference, ICLA 2015, Mumbai, India, January 8-10, 2015. Proceedings
EditorsMohua Banerjee, Shankara Narayanan Krishna
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-662-45824-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-662-45823-5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


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