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Bolzano's Logical System$
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Ettore Casari

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788294.001.0001

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(p.250) 7 Etiology
Bolzano's Logical System

Ettore Casari

Oxford University Press

Bolzano was convinced that among the true propositions, there is a fundamental relation of consecutivity according to which some of them are ground or reason of others, which are then consequences of them, and he tried to determine the formal-logical aspects of this relation. He also reduced to it the causality relation by considering that the phenomenon x is cause of the phenomenon y if and only if the proposition that attributes existence to x has among its consequences the proposition that attributes existence to y. In this context also, the alethic modalities find their treatment.

Keywords:   consecutivity, ground or reason, consequence, causality, alethic modality

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