The Liar Paradox in Plato

Por • 31 jul, 2015 • Sección: Filosofía

Richard McDonough

Although most scholars trace the Liar Paradox to Plato’s contemporary, Eubulides, the paper argues that Plato builds something very like the Liar Paradox into the very structure of his dialogues with significant consequences for understanding his views. After a preliminary exposition of the liar paradox it is argued that Plato builds this paradox into the formulation of many of his central doctrines, including the “Divided Line” and the “Allegory of the Cave” (both in the Republic) and the “Ladder of Love” (in the Symposium). Thus, Plato may have been the first to formulate the view that Graham Priest calls dialetheism, roughly, the view that some contradictions are, in an illuminating way, inescapable and true.

Keywords: Plato, liar paradox, Kierkegaard, Dilthey, Wittgenstein, Dialetheism

META: RESEARCH IN HERMENEUTICS, PHENOMENOLOGY, AND PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY

VOL. VII, NO. 1 / JUNE 2015: 9-28, ISSN 2067-365, www.metajournal.org

http://www.metajournal.org//issues_pdf/meta-volvii-no1-june2015.pdf

 

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