Philosophical Logic (5 cr)
- 2013-02-21 - 2013-05-23
- Thu. 16-19
- Room 401: 21-02 to 25-04//Room Seminario del Departamento de Lógica, Historia y Filosofía de la Ciencia: 02-05 to 23-05, Fac. Filosofia, UB
The aim of this course is to explore central topics in the philosophy of logic by way of detailed discussion of one of the most controversial positions in the field, Graham Priest’s dialetheism, according to which there are true contradictions. This view challenges some of the most fundamental tenets of our traditional conceptions of truth, logic and epistemic rationality; and it is accordingly worthwhile to investigate how they might be defended against Priest’s carefully drafted arguments. Whatever the outcome of this exercise, it will in any case provide us with a clearer view on topics such as truth, valid inference, the semantics and pragmatics of negation, the paradoxes, and rational belief.
A programme will be distributed on the first day of class.
There will be two 3-hour classes per week. Each class will consist of two parts: a lecture-style exposition and a seminar-style discussion. The assigned texts will for the most part be taken from the two books by Graham Priest mentioned below. It is expected that students study these texts carefully in advance and prepare questions for discussion. Attendance is obligatory. The material will be made available online.
Participation in class will be evaluated in terms of regular attendance, quality of preparation, and quality of contributions to the discussion. The final essay, with a word limit of 3000 words, will be due some time after the end of the course. Students will be required to choose one question from a set list that will be made available during the course.
Priest, Graham 2006a: In Contradiction, 2nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Priest, Graham 2006b: Doubt Truth to Be a Liar, Oxford: Oxford University Press