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Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science

Unity, Truth and the Liar

The Modern Relevance of Medieval Solutions to the Liar Paradox

Editors: Rahman, Shahid, Tulenheimo, Tero, Genot, Emmanuel (Eds.)

  • Provides a formal reconstruction of several medieval theories of truth, demonstrating their relevance to modern research
  • Approaches the discussion about truth theory and paradoxes from a semantical, logical and a historical perspective
  • Contains critical editions of the medieval sources of the insolubilia, such as Heytesbury’s treatise on Insolubles (14th century), with introduction and notes
  • Revives the debate on the Liar Paradox
  • Entirely written in dispute style
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The Liar Paradox challenges logicians’ and semanticists’ theories of truth and meaning. Modern accounts of paradoxes in formal semantics offer solutions through the hierarchy of object language and metalanguage. Yet this solution to the Liar presupposes that sentences have unique meaning. This assumption is non-controversial in formal languages, but an account of how “hidden meaning” is made explicit is necessary to any complete analysis of natural language. Since the Liar Paradox presents itself as a sentence uniting contradictory meanings, appreciating how they can be united in a single sentence may provide new insights into this and other paradoxes.

This volume includes a target paper, taking up the challenge to revive, within a modern (formal) framework, a medieval solution to the Liar Paradox which did not assume Uniqueness of Meaning. Stephen Read, author of the target paper, attempts to formally state a theory of truth that dates back to the 14th century logician Thomas Bradwardine; the theory offers a solution to the Liar Paradox in which the Liar sentence turns out to be false. The rest of the volume consists of papers discussing and/or challenging Read’s – and Bradwardine’s -- views one the one hand, and papers addressing the doctrinal and historical background of medieval theories of truth on the other hand. It also includes a critical edition of Heytesbury’s treatise on insolubles, closely related to Bradwardine’s view.

Including formal, philosophical and historical discussions, this volume intends to renew the debate about paradoxes and theory of truth, and to show that the interest of earlier medieval work is not merely historical but, on the contrary, still relevant for modern, formal semantic theory. It is of interest for both professional philosophers and advanced students of philosophy.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • The Truth Schema and the Liar

    Read, Stephen

    Pages 3-17

  • Read and Indirect Revenge

    Armour-Garb, Bradley

    Pages 19-40

  • Tarski's Hidden Theory of Meaning: Sentences Say Exactly One Thing

    Novaes*, Catarina Dutilh

    Pages 41-63

  • Doubting Thomas: From Bradwardine Back to Anon

    Goldstein, Laurence

    Pages 65-85

  • Logic Without Truth

    Klima, Gyula

    Pages 87-112

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eBook $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-7888-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Unity, Truth and the Liar
Book Subtitle
The Modern Relevance of Medieval Solutions to the Liar Paradox
Editors
  • Shahid Rahman
  • Tero Tulenheimo
  • Emmanuel Genot
Series Title
Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8468-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8468-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8467-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7888-9
Series ISSN
2214-9775
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 338
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