[FOM] Terminology

Michael DeLaurentis michaeljad at comcast.net
Sat Nov 24 15:35:45 EST 2012

"Tautology" is also syntactic. "Faultology" and "antilogy" have been used to
refer to compound sentences always false [syntactically]. "Analytic"
sentences are always true by reason of semantics. Necessarily true sentences
comprise both analytic and tautologous sentences. "Oxymorons" or
"self-contradictory" are terms commonly used to refer to semantically
necessarily false statements. 

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F.A. Muller
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Subject: [FOM] Terminology

Dear all,

The standard English word for sentences (or propositions) that are always
true is 'tautology'.  Is there a word for sentences that are always false?
(No, I don't want to hear 'contradiction', for that is defined as a sentence
of the form 'p and not-p', or something logically equivalent to it, and
therefore is a syntactical notion.)

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