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The Genealogy of Disjunction

R. E. Jennings


This book presents a study of the English word or, and the logical operators variously proposed to present its meaning. Although there are indisputably disjunctive uses of or in English, it is a mistake to suppose that logical disjunction represents its core meaning. Or is descended from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning second, a form which survives in such expressions as ‘every other day’. Its disjunctive uses arise through metalinguistic applications of an intermediate adverbial meaning which is conjunctive rather than disjunctive in character. These conjunctive uses have puzzled philosophers an ... More

Keywords: or, logical operators, English, disjunctive, free choice permission, logic, Stoics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195075243
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195075243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. E. Jennings, author
Simon Fraser University