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Title: Reformulating an Argument of Aristotle’s against Contradictions
Authors: Guthrie, Aaron
Keywords: Greek Research
Greece
Australia
Aaron Guthrie
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek
Citation: Guthrie, Aaron 2009. Reformulating an Argument of Aristotle’s against Contradictions. In M. Rossetto, M. Tsianikas, G. Couvalis and M. Palaktsoglou (Eds.) "Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Eighth Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University June 2009". Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek: Adelaide, 27-35.
Abstract: Aristotle put forward a number of arguments against contradictions being true, in Metaphysics. However, many of them share a common flaw; the opponent in the debate (a dialetheist) can accept both the conclusion, and its negation. My aim will be to reformulate one argument, the Anscombe/Cresswell argument, to eliminate this flaw. I do so by exploiting modern developments in dialethic theory. I turn the argument into a non-question-begging reductio by exploiting the fact that a reductio can be to absurdity but not contradiction, and can conclude in the rejection of what lead to it (in this case, a contradiction). I also respond to a number of other objections to this argument, exploring the possibility that there is a good argument that keeps to the spirit of the original. I conclude that there is such an argument, but one that is only about very specific contradictions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/25186
ISBN: 9780725811372
Appears in Collections:Proceedings of the 8th Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, 2009

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