Doubting Thomas: from Bradwardine back to Anon

Goldstein, Laurence (2008) Doubting Thomas: from Bradwardine back to Anon. In: Rahman, Shahid and Tulenheimo, Tero and Genot, Emmanuel, eds. Unity, Truth and the Liar: The Modern Relevance of Medieval Solutions to the Liar Paradox. Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science . Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 65-85. ISBN 9781402084676. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Thomas Bradwardine, an Archbishop of Canterbury and one of the great logicians of the fourteenth century devised a novel approach to the Liar paradox, the upshot of which is that someone uttering a Liar sentence fails to speak the truth. But does this mean that that person utters a falsity, as Bradwardine claims, or that the speaker fails to utter a falsity as well as failing to utter a truth? An author writing more than a century before Bradwardine thinks the latter, holding that the Liar utterance does not express a proposition. That view, which pretty much died out in the mediaeval period, is here revived, and is revealed to be superior to Bradwardine’s.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BC Logic
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Laurence Goldstein
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:47
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