Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic

Sylvan's Box: A Short Story and Ten Morals

Graham Priest


The paper contains a short story which is inconsistent, essentially so, but perfectly intelligible. The existence of such a story is used to establish various views about truth in fiction and impossible worlds.

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Notre Dame J. Formal Logic, Volume 38, Number 4 (1997), 573-582.

First available in Project Euclid: 10 December 2002

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Primary: 03B53: Paraconsistent logics
Secondary: 03A05: Philosophical and critical {For philosophy of mathematics, see also 00A30}


Priest, Graham. Sylvan's Box: A Short Story and Ten Morals. Notre Dame J. Formal Logic 38 (1997), no. 4, 573--582. doi:10.1305/ndjfl/1039540770.

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