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First-order logics for comparative similarity

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If we speak of degrees of similarity, what kinds of judgment are we assuming to make sense? It will be argued that the necessary and sufficient condition for there to be degrees of similarity is that there should be a four-termed relation of comparative similarity — w resembles x at least as much as y resembles z—obeying certain constraints. Of course, nothing turns on how we use the words 'degree of similarity'. Rather, the point is to distinguish the different levels of ideologicalcommitmen...

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Published
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10.1305/ndjfl/1093638012

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Institution:
Trinity College, University of Dublin
Oxford college:
New College
Department:
Department of Philosophy
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Duke University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic Journal website
Volume:
29
Issue:
4
Pages:
457-481
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EISSN:
1939-0726
ISSN:
0029-4527
Language:
English
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Deposit date:
2011-02-17

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