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John Buridan on Self-Reference: Chapter Eight of Buridan's 'Sophismata', with a Translation, an Introduction, and a Philosophical Commentary
     

John Buridan on Self-Reference: Chapter Eight of Buridan's 'Sophismata', with a Translation, an Introduction, and a Philosophical Commentary

by John Buridan, G. E. Hughes
 

ISBN-10: 0521288649

ISBN-13: 9780521288644

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

John Buridan was a fourteenth-century philosopher who enjoyed an enormous reputation for about two hundred years, was then totally neglected, and is now being 'rediscovered' through his relevance to contemporary work in philosophical logic. The final chapter of Buridan's Sophismata deals with problems about self-reference, and in particular with the semantic

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John Buridan was a fourteenth-century philosopher who enjoyed an enormous reputation for about two hundred years, was then totally neglected, and is now being 'rediscovered' through his relevance to contemporary work in philosophical logic. The final chapter of Buridan's Sophismata deals with problems about self-reference, and in particular with the semantic paradoxes. He offers his own distinctive solution to the well-known 'Liar Paradox' and introduces a number of other paradoxes that will be unfamiliar to most logicians. Buridan also moves on from these problems to more general questions about the nature of propositions, the criteria of their truth and falsity and the concepts of validity and knowledge. This edition of that chapter is intended to make Buridan's ideas and arguments accessible to a wider range of readers. The volume should interest many philosophers, linguists and logicians, who are increasingly finding in medieval work striking anticipations of their own concerns.

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ISBN-13:
9780521288644
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Introductory sophisms; 2. Alethic paradoxes; 3. Epistemic paradoxes; 4. Pragmatic paradoxes; 5. Commentary; References; Index.

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