The Law of Non-Contradiction: New Philosophical Essays

Paperback | December 30, 2006

EditorGraham Priest, Jc Beall, Bradley Armour-Garb

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The Law of Non-Contradiction-that no contradiction can be true-has been a seemingly unassailable dogma since the work of Aristotle, in Book Gamma of the Metaphysics. It is an assumption challenged from a variety of angles in this collection of original papers. Twenty-three of the world'sleading experts investigate the 'law', considering arguments for and against it and discussing methodological issues that arise whenever we question the legitimacy of logical principles. The result is a balanced inquiry into a venerable principle of logic, one that raises questions at the verycentre of logic itself. The aim of this volume is to present a comprehensive debate about the Law of Non-Contradiction, from discussions as to how the law is to be understood, to reasons for accepting or re-thinking the law, and to issues that raise challenges to the law, such as the Liar Paradox, and a 'dialetheic'resolution of that paradox. One of the editors contributes an introduction which surveys the issues and serves to frame the debate.This collection will be of interest to anyone working on philosophical logic, and to anyone who has ever wondered about the status of logical laws and about how one might proceed to mount arguments for or against them.

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The Law of Non-Contradiction-that no contradiction can be true-has been a seemingly unassailable dogma since the work of Aristotle, in Book Gamma of the Metaphysics. It is an assumption challenged from a variety of angles in this collection of original papers. Twenty-three of the world'sleading experts investigate the 'law', considerin...

Graham Priest is at the Departments of Philosophy, Universities of Melbourne and St Andrews. JC Beall is at the Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut. Bradley Armour-Garb is at the Department of Philosophy, University at Albany, SUNY.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 30, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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JC Beall: Introduction: At the Intersection of Truth and FalsityPart I: Setting up the Debate1. Graham Priest: What's So Bad About Contradictions?Part II: What is the LNC?2. Ross T. Brady: On the Formalization of the Law of Non-Contradiction3. Patrick Grim: What is a Contradiction?4. Greg Restall: Laws of Non-Contradiction, Laws of the Excluded Middle, and Logics5. R. M. Sainsbury: Option Negation and Dialetheias6. Achille C. Varzi: Conjunction and ContradictionPart III: Methodological Issues in the Debate7. Bradley Armour-Garb: Diagnosing Dialetheism8. Bryson Brown: Knowledge and Non-Contradiction9. Otavio Bueno and Mark Colyvan: Logical Non-Apriorism and the 'Law' of Non-Contradiction10. David Lewis: Letters to Beall and Priest11. Michael D. Resnik: Holism and the Revision of LogicPart IV: Against the LNC12. JC Beall: True and False - As If13. Jon Cogburn: The Philosophical Basis of What? The Anti-Realist Route to Dialetheism14. Jay Garfield: To Pee and not to Pee? Could That Be the Question? (Further Reflections of the Dog)15. Frederick Kroon: Realism and Dialetheism16. Edwin D. Mares: Semantic Dialetheism17. Vann McGee: Ramsey's DialetheismPart V: For the LNC18. Laurence Goldstein: The Barber, Russell's Paradox, Catch-22, God, Contradiction, and More19. Greg Littman and Keith Simmons: A Critique of Dialetheism20. Stewart Shapiro: Simple Truth, Contradiction, and Consistency21. Neil Tennant: An Anti-Realist Critique of Dialetheism22. Alan Weir: There Are No True Contradictions23. Edward N. Zalta: In Defence of the Law of Non-Contradiction

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`Review from previous edition Since dialetheism has, in recent years, scrounged its way from being a view easily defeated by the dreaded incredulous stare to being a major (but still sometimes ignored) contender in the contest for an adequate logical account of the semantic and set-theoreticparadoxes (or an adequate logical theory in general), the volume is to be commended merely for its existence. The fact that it contains, not just a number of good philosophers taking this view seriously, but also a lot of seriously good philosophy increases its worth.'Roy Cook, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews