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Speaking of Paradoxes

[SPECIAL LOCATION: Jefferson Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas; btw, 9th & 10th] Paradoxes have baffled philosophers and logicians for two millennia, potentially undermining the very foundations of logic and rationality. Consider the famous (or infamous) Liar paradox: "This sentences is not true." Well, if it is true, it is not; and if it is not, it is true. So it seems to be both true and not true. But that violates the principle of non-contradiction, a fundamental pillar of logic. What gives? Prof. Graham Priest from the City University of New York thinks he's got the answer. He has invented a whole new logical system, called paraconsistency, to resolve the problems posed by paradoxes. Join us for an accessible explanation of the surprising consequences of exploring the borderlands of logic." Graham Priest is Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne and a distinguished professor of philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is known for his in-depth analyses of the logical paradoxes, and his many writings related toparaconsistent and other non-classical logics. In addition to his work in philosophy and logic, Priest practices Karate-do. He is 3rd Dan, International Karate-do Shobukai; 4th Dan, Shi’to Ryu, and an Australian National Kumite Referee and Kata Judge. So there.

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    Generally, a pretty good time. Graham Priest was interesting and obviously a brilliant person. I'm glad so many people came out for the lecture, and also glad that I got there early and managed to get a seat. The content of the lecture was very accessible, which I suppose was a good thing for most of the audience. (I like philosophy and wouldn't have minded something more technical myself.) I thought the audience was a little bit loud and rude, though. I would have preferred it if they'd saved all their questions until the end instead of practically interrupting the speaker to ask them. To his credit, though, the moderator did a good job of stepping in to deflect the most egregiously stupid questions. There was plenty of enlightening content; I left wanting to read more of Priest's work on dialetheism.

    If I'm in NYC again when one of these meetups happens, I wouldn't mind going again, especially if the speaker is anywhere near as Relevant To My Interests as Graham Priest.

    September 12, 2010

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