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Johnson, W(illiam) E(rnest) (1858–1931)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


English logician, born in Cambridge, taught in Cambridge. Johnson was a philosophical logician concerned with the normative study of thought. His work focused on the proposition and discussed differences between formal implication and inference, between formal constitutive syntactic and semantic conditions and informal epistemic pragmatic conditions in logical theory, and between logical premises and logical principles. His account of inductive inference led to a discussion of space, time, and causality, and he introduced discussions of determinants and determinables and ostensive definition. His main work is Logic , 3 vols. (1921–4). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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