Book Chapter

What's So Bad About Contradictions?

G Priest

The Law of Non-Contradiction | Published : 2010


This chapter sets up the debate for the rest of the book. It discusses and rejects five objections to accepting (some) contradictions: (i) that contradictions entail everything (Explosion); (ii) that contradictions cannot be true (Law of Non-Contradiction); (iii) that contradictions cannot be believed rationally; (iv) that if contradictions can be accepted, beliefs cannot be revised rationally; and (v) that if it is possible to accept contradictions, nothing can be denied.

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