Introduction to Paraconsistency and Dialetheism

Prof. Graham Priest (City University of New York, RTG Contradiction Studies)

12/05/2023 2:30 pm 4:00 pm

U Bremen GRA 2 0030 & online

Paraconsistency is the view that logical contradictions do not imply everything, and dialetheism is the view that some contradictions are actually true. Though both views are currently unorthodox, they have recently been at the centre of a number of debates in logic and metaphysics. In this talk Graham Priest will explain these views, their history, and some of the issues that surround them.

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