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Conflicting Rules and Paradox

Johnston C (2014) Conflicting Rules and Paradox, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 88 (2), pp. 410-433.

First paragraph: This paper seeks to understand various paradoxes as cases of conflicting rules. In particular, the ambition is to outline a new perspective on and response to the Liar -- though it will take us a while to get that far. We begin in Section 1 with an account of simple rule confliction. Section 2 then brings this account to bear on a paradox, the Secretary Liberation Paradox, which is readily seen to involve conflicting rules. Finally in Section 3 I suggest that the Liar can also be seen as a case of rule confliction, and outline briefly how that perspective provides for Liar arguments to be blocked.

AuthorsJohnston Colin
Publication date03/2014
Publication date online01/06/2012
ISSN 0031-8205

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research: Volume 88, Issue 2 (2012)

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