The Law of Non-Contradiction

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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'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 ...
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Overview

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'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 centre of logic itself.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199204199
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 815,621
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction : at the intersection of truth and falsity 1
1 What's so bad about contradictions? 23
2 On the formalization of the law of non-contradiction 41
3 What is a contradiction? 49
4 Laws of non-contradiction, laws of the excluded middle, and logics 73
5 Option negation and dialetheias 85
6 Conjunction and contradiction 93
7 Diagnosing dialetheism 113
8 Knowledge and non-contradiction 126
9 Logical non-apriorism and the 'law' of non-contradiction 156
10 Letters to Beall and Priest 176
11 Revising logic 178
12 True and false - as if 197
13 The philosophical basis of what? : the anti-realist route to dialetheism 217
14 'To pee and not to pee?' : could that be the question? (further reflections of the dog) 235
15 Realism and dialetheism 245
16 Semantic dialetheism 264
17 Ramsey's dialetheism 276
18 The barber, Russell's paradox, catch-22, God and more : a defence of a Wittgensteinian conception of contradiction 295
19 A critique of dialetheism 314
20 Simple truth, contradiction, and consistency 336
21 An anti-realist critique of dialetheism 355
22 There are no true contradictions 385
23 In defense of the law of non-contradiction 418
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