Graham Priest on Paradoxes and Paraconsistent Logic

Graham Priest on Paradoxes and Paraconsistent Logic

Produced by Rationally Speaking.

Can a statement be simultaneously true and false? That might seem like sheer nonsense to you — but not to certain modern logicians. In this episode Massimo and Julia are joined again by CUNY philosopher and logician Graham Priest, who explains why we have to radically revise our notions of “true” and “false.” In the process, he explains classic puzzlers like the “barber paradox”:

“In a village, the barber shaves all men who do not shave themselves. Does he shave himself?”

Follow along for an episode that really takes to heart the podcast’s tagline: exploring the borderlands between reason and nonsense.

Graham’s picks: “Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion: The Posthumous Essays of the Immortality of the Soul and of Suicide” and “Logic: A Very Short Introduction”