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Workshop with Graham Priest and Stephen Read at Bogaziçi (April 5th and 6th, 2012)

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“Semantic Paradoxes: Two approaches”

with Graham Priest (Melbourne/CUNY) 

and Stephen Read (St Andrews) 

Thursday and Friday, April 5th and 6th, 2012, Bogaziçi University , Istanbul, 1pm-5.30 pm in the Turgut Noyan Salonu (North Campus, next to the library)

UPDATE: Here are Stephen Read’s slides: Thursday 1Thursday 2Friday 1Friday 2.

Graham Priest and Stephen Read are two of the leading contemporary philosophical logicians. Graham is probably the best known proponent of paraconsistent logic and dialetheism. I’ll try and write a separate post explaining what this means for those of you who are not familiar with these terms. They are also both important historians of philosophy. Stephen is one of the leading scholars in the world on Medieval logic, and Graham has written quite extensively on the history of philosophy and Asian philosophy. This workshop will include sessions both on the history of philosophy (and logic) and  some sessions on contemporary logic. This short piece by Graham in the New York Times might be good background reading for those of you new to this topic.

For background reading Stephen Read has supplied a short article (here) outlining his approach, which is based upon that of the medieval logician Thomas Bradwardine. He has also supplied his recent translation of Bradwardine’s Insolubilia (here). Graham Priest has supplied a longer article on paraconsistency and dialetheism, which will be appearing in a handbook of logic (here). Parts of this are quite technical – but the first 20 pages, where he discusses the history of paraconsistency and dialetheism (discussing, amongst other things  Aristotle, Plotinus, Hegel and Indian Logic), are quite accessible. Details below the fold. All welcome.

We’re discussing Graham’s paper in our weekly reading group (which normally takes place on Thursdays from 5-7pm). If any of you would be interested in joining this group, please email me: Lucas (lthorpe@gmail.com).

Thursday April 5th (1pm – 5.30pm)

Session 1 (1pm-3pm) 

1a. Stephen Read:  “The liar paradox and Bradwardine’s solution.”

1b. Graham Priest:   “The history of paraconsistency and dialetheism.”

Session 2 (3.30pm-5.30pm)

2a. Graham Priest:  Paraconsistent logic: some nuts and bolts

2b. Stephen Read:  Some other semantic paradoxes


Friday April 6th (1pm – 5-30pm)


Session 3 (1pm- 3pm)

3a. Stephen Read:   The distribution principles

3b. Graham Priest:  Dialetheism and the paradoxes of semantic self-reference

Session 4 (3.30pm-5.30pm)

4a. Graham Priest:  Objections and replies

4b. Stephen Read:  The knower paradox

All sessions will take place in the Turgut Noyan Salonu (North Campus, next to the library).

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on Demet Taşdelen'in blogu.

    demet tasdelen

    March 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm


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