The Law of Non-Contradiction

The Law of Non-Contradiction

by Graham Priest
     
 

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

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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 G of the Metaphysics. It is an assumption challenged from a variety of angles in this collection of original papers. Twenty-three of the world's leading 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 very center 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. The editors contribute an introduction which surveys the issues and serves to frame the debate, and a useful bibliography offering a guide to further reading.

This volume 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 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...one wonders why it has taken so long for such an excellent volume to appear." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199204199
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/08/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
1,115,234
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Universities of Melbourne and St Andrews

University of Connecticut

State University of New York at Albany

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