Truth and Paradox: Solving the Riddles

Paperback | August 20, 2006

byTim Maudlin

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Truth and Paradox offers a comprehensive account of truth values and the norms governing claims about truth, based on a new approach to logic and semantics. Since the seminal work of Tarski in the mid-twentieth century, the Liar paradox and other related paradoxes have stood in the way of aprecise philosophical account of truth. Tim Maudlin draws on analogies from mathematical physics to explicate the origin of classical truth-value gaps, and to provide an account of truth that avoids any hierarchy of languages or of truth predicates. He also closely investigates our reasoning abouttruth, including apparently unobjectionable reasoning about the paradoxical sentences. The fallacies in that reasoning are located not in any inferences concerning truth, but in the foundations of standard logic. Blocking the paradoxical arguments requires emendation of classical logic, and therequisite emendations call into question the existence of any a priori logical truths. Maudlin also includes a discussion of facts and factuality, most particularly the question of whether there are any facts about truth. All philosophers interested in logic and language will find this a stimulating read.

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Truth and Paradox offers a comprehensive account of truth values and the norms governing claims about truth, based on a new approach to logic and semantics. Since the seminal work of Tarski in the mid-twentieth century, the Liar paradox and other related paradoxes have stood in the way of aprecise philosophical account of truth. Tim Ma...

Tim Maudlin is at the Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Jersey.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.51 inPublished:August 20, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199203911

ISBN - 13:9780199203918

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Table of Contents

1. Two Versions of the Liar Paradox2. On the Origin of Truth Values3. What is Truth, and What is a Theory of Truth?4. A Language That Can Express Its Own Truth Theory5. The Norms of Assertion and Denial6. Solving the Inferential Liar Antinomy7. Reasoning about Permissible Sentences8. The Permissibility Paradox9. The Metaphysics of TruthBibliography

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"Maudlin's Truth and Paradox offers a new way out of [the Liar] paradox, which is worth exploring...I cannot do justice to many of his thought-provoking points...Maudlin does an excellent job in explaining why other theories of truth...are unsatisfying and also why he is driven to his own theory."--Byeong Lee, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews