[FOM] Concerning definition of formulas

Andy Fugard a.fugard at ed.ac.uk
Tue Oct 2 16:45:04 EDT 2007

Can't resist sending this, which seems related to a lot of the discussion:

``In fact the notion of truth a la Tarski avoids complete triviality by 
the use of the magical expression `meta': we presuppose the existence of 
a meta-world, in which logical operations already make sense; the world 
of discourse can therefore be interpreted in the meta-world, typically 
the truth of A becomes meta-A, and we can in turn explain `meta-A' by 
`meta-meta-A' ... We are facing a transcendental explanation of logic 
`The rules of logic have been given to us by Tarski, which in turn got 
them from Mr. Metatarski', something like `Physical particles act this 
way because they must obey the laws of physics' ''

from Jean-Yves Girard

   author = {Jean-Yves Girard},
   title = {On the meaning of logical rules {I}: syntax vs. semantics},
   booktitle = {Computational Logic},
   year = {1999},
   editor = {U. Berger and H. Schwichtenberg},
   volume = {165},
   series = {Series F: Computer and Systems Sciences},
   pages = {215--272},
   publisher = {Springer Verlag}

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