## Abstract

Max Cresswell and Hilary Putnam seem to hold the view, often shared by classical logicians, that paraconsistent logic has not been made sense of, despite its well-developed mathematics. In this paper, I examine the nature of logic in order to understand what it means to make sense of logic. I then show that, just as one can make sense of non-normal modal logics (as Cresswell demonstrates), we can make ‘sense’ of paraconsistent logic. Finally, I turn the tables on classical logicians and ask what sense can be made of explosive reasoning. While I acknowledge a bias on this issue, it is not clear that even classical logicians can answer this question.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Paraconsistency |

Subtitle of host publication | Logic and Applications |

Publisher | Springer Netherlands |

Pages | 15-25 |

Number of pages | 11 |

ISBN (Electronic) | 9789400744387 |

ISBN (Print) | 9789400744370 |

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Publication status | Published - 1 Jan 2013 |

Externally published | Yes |