Philosophy 2340
Symbolic Logic

Advice on Chapter 14 Problems

 

Translations marked with a ">" are incorrect. The comments after them attempt to explain why.

14.3.4

> ~Ex Ey Ez Eu[(x # y & x #z & y #z & x # u & y # u & z # u) & Aw(Small(w) -> (w = x v w = y v w = z v w = u))]

This says that it is not the case that there are exactly four things that are small. It doesn't really say anything about how many objects there are that are not small.


14.3.5

> Ex (Cube(x) & Large(x) & Ay (Dodec(y) -> ~BackOf(y, x)))

Close. Your sentence says there is at least one large cube with no dodecahedra in back of it. It should say that there is exactly one large cube and nothing is in back of it.


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