Jolly Thomas, PhD Philosophy alumnus (2016) from the University of Hyderabad has been awarded the Bimal Krishna Matilal Prize for Logic for 2018.
The 2018 B.K. Matilal prize, typically awarded biennially has gone to Dr. Thomas for his paper: “Developing Metalogic to Formalize Ontological Disputes of the Systems in Metaphysics by Introducing the Notion of Functionally Isomorphic Quantifiers”.
This prize supports Prof. Thomas’ participation in Uni-Log 2018 by providing him with housing as well as the required registration fee. In addition to this, his award-winning paper will be published in Logica Universalis, Birkhäuser. Dr. Jolly Thomas is a visiting Asst. Prof with the Centre for Exact Humanities, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad
About the Paper:
Dr. Jolly Thomas first explains quantifiers like some, something, some of and others like all, everyone, everything and so on. He terms the former as existential quantifiers and the latter as universal quantifiers. Dr. Thomas then explains a paradox generated by Bertrand Russell where to deny the existence of something, you have to first presuppose that it exists. For example, in the sentence, “Unicorns don’t exist”, the sentence denies the existence of a non-existing thing. However the sentence itself is meaningful and true. Thus, it seems to accept that the non-existing thing exists. “This is the paradox of non-existence or non-being. As similar to the paradox of non-existence, I am trying to generate a paradox in my paper by considering the concept of spatiotemporality of the things. As a resolution to this paradox I regard spatiotemporality as a quantifier that can function like the existential quantifier some, “concludes Dr. Thomas.
Source: http://blogs.iiit.ac.in/for-hes-a-jolly-good-logical-winner/
Author: Sarita Chebbi

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