Doubt Truth to be a Liar

Paperback | March 12, 2008

byGraham Priest

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The Law of Non-Contradiction has been high orthodoxy in Western philosophy since Aristotle. The so-called Law has been the subject of radical challenge in recent years by dialetheism, the view that some contradictions are indeed true. Many philosophers have taken the Law to be central to manyof our most important philosophical concepts. In Doubt Truth to be a Liar, Graham Priest mounts the case against this. Starting with an analysis of Aristotle on the Law, he discusses the nature of truth, or rationality, or negation, and of logic itself, and argues that the Law is inessential to allof these things. The book takes off from Priest's earlier book, In Contradiction (a second edition of which is also published by OUP), developing its themes largely without recourse to formal logic.The book is required reading for anyone who wishes to understand dialetheism; (especially) for anyone who wishes to continue to endorse the old Aristotelian orthodoxy; and more generally, for anyone who wishes to understand the role that contradiction plays in our thinking.

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The Law of Non-Contradiction has been high orthodoxy in Western philosophy since Aristotle. The so-called Law has been the subject of radical challenge in recent years by dialetheism, the view that some contradictions are indeed true. Many philosophers have taken the Law to be central to manyof our most important philosophical concepts...

Graham Priest is Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melobourne, and Arche Professorial Fellow at the University of St Andrews

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:March 12, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Truth1. Aristotle on the Law of Non-Contradiction2. Theories of Truth3. TrivialismII. Negation4. Contradiction5. Boolean Negation6. Denial and RejectionIII. Rationality7. Rational Belief8. Belief Revision9. Consistency and the Empirical SciencesIV. Logic10. Logic and Revisability11. Validity12. Logical Pluralism

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`Review from previous edition This wide-ranging book is divided into four Parts: Truth, Negation, Rationality and Logic. Priest's discussion of these topics is centered around their bearing on his doctrine of dialetheism, the view that some contradictions are true; but the discussions are ofgreat interest independent of dialetheism. The quality of the discussion is generally very high, and the book is a must-read for anyone interested in the central questions of the philosophy of logic. . . . I found this a thoroughly stimulating book. I recommend it with great enthusiasm.'Hartry Field, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews