7 december 2021: lucas rosenblatt

Theories of paradoxicality

Abstract: A lot has been written on solutions to the semantic paradoxes but very little on the topic of general theories of paradoxicality. The reason for this, I believe, is that in most cases it is not easy to disentangle a solution to the paradoxes from a specific conception of what those paradoxes consist in. In this talk I want to do things differently. I will first address the question of what one should expect from a theory of paradoxicality. Then I will present and critically evaluate a number of theories that have been offered in the literature. The main claim I want to make is that, in many respects, these theories needn’t be seen as competing with one another. This is joint work with Camila Gallovich.