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A Brief Prehistory of Philosophical Paraconsistency

Author(s): William H. F. Altman

Journal: Principia : an International Journal of Epistemology
ISSN 1414-4247

Volume: 14;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Paraconsistency | Parmenides | Plato | Cicero | decisionism | and Leo Strauss

In celebration of Newton da Costa’s place in the history of paraconsistency, this paper considers the use and abuse of deliberate self-contradiction. Beginning with Parmenides, developed by Plato, and continued by Cicero, an ancient philosophical tradition used deliberately paraconsistent discourses to reveal the truth. In modern times, decisionism has used deliberate self-contradiction against Judeo-Christian revelation.
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