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Fall 1999 Descending Chains and the Contextualist Approach to Semantic Paradoxes
Byeong-Uk Yi
Notre Dame J. Formal Logic 40(4): 554-567 (Fall 1999). DOI: 10.1305/ndjfl/1012429719


Plausible principles on truth seem to yield contradictory conclusions about paradoxical sentences such as the Strengthened Liar. Those who take the contextualist approach, such as Parsons and Burge, attempt to justify the seemingly contradictory conclusions by arguing that the natural reasoning that leads to them involves some kind of contextual shift that makes them compatible. This paper argues that one cannot take this approach to give a proper treatment of infinite descending chains of semantic attributions. It also examines a related approach taken by Gaifman and argues that it has the same problem.


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Byeong-Uk Yi. "Descending Chains and the Contextualist Approach to Semantic Paradoxes." Notre Dame J. Formal Logic 40 (4) 554 - 567, Fall 1999.


Published: Fall 1999
First available in Project Euclid: 30 January 2002

zbMATH: 0989.03012
MathSciNet: MR1858243
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1305/ndjfl/1012429719

Primary: 03A05

Rights: Copyright © 1999 University of Notre Dame

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