Logical and Linguistic Games from Peirce to Grice to Hintikka

Ahti Veikko Pietarinen*

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Peirce's conception of logic and pragmaticism is virtually that of Hintikka's game-theoretical semantics (GTS), including the idea of players "feigned in our makebelieve". Peirce was interested in logic as a theory of normative, conventional, habitual and strategic action. Later Grice erected his theory of conversation on Peircean background. But cooperation is a property of model-building games and an integral part of Peirce's method. Cooperative model-building resorts to the same theoretical construct as the strictly competitive semantic games do. The two kinds of games, the semantic and the model-construction games, are two sides of the same conceptual coin. General principles governing mathematical practices are related to model-building activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-136
Number of pages16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Philosophy

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cooperative principle
  • GTS
  • Mathematical discovery
  • Model building
  • Pragmaticism
  • Strategic meaning


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