Matt Duncombe - The Origins of the Liar, the Sorties, and Some Less Popular Paradoxes

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Wednesday 21st April 2021 (15:00-16:00)
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Join us for our spring research seminars of 2021. The speaker this week is Matt Duncombe, University of Nottingham. This is a Works in Progress talk from University of Nottingham faculty.

The Origins of the Liar, the Sorties, and Some Less Popular Paradoxes

"The Liar Paradox and the Sorites Paradox are two of the most enduring paradoxes. Although not obviously philosophically related, they were invented by one philosopher, Eubulides. Was Eubulides just an eristic logic-chopper? Or was he, like Zeno, offering his paradoxes to defend some philosophical claim?

I offer a rational reconstruction that Eubulides introduced these (and two other less well-known paradoxes) to defend a certain semantic claim, endorsed by the Megarics: ‘things can be spoken of only with their own proper logos’."


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