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The Liar an Essay on Truth and Circularity

by Jon Barwise

  • ISBN: 9780195059441
  • ISBN10: 0195059441

The Liar an Essay on Truth and Circularity

by Jon Barwise

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr on Demand
  • Publish date: 04/01/1995
  • ISBN: 9780195059441
  • ISBN10: 0195059441
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Description: This monograph purports to provide a solution to semantical paradoxes like the Liar. The authors base this solution on J. L. Austin's idea of truth, which is fundamental to situation semantics. They compare two models of language, propositions and truth, one based on Russell and the other on Austin, as they bear on the Liar Paradox. In Russell's view, a sentence expresses a proposition, which is true or not. According to Austin, however, there is always acontextual parameter - the situation the sentence is about - that comes between the sentence and proposition. The Austinian perspective proves to have fruitful applications to the analysis of semantic paradox. The authors show that, on this account, the liar is a genuine diagonal argument. This argumentcan be shown to have profound consequences for our understanding of some of the most basic semantical mechanisms at work in our language. Jon Barwise is, with John Perry, a co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford.
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