A Brief Prehistory of Philosophical Paraconsistency

William H. F. Altman


In celebration of Newton da Costa’s place in the history of paraconsistency, this paper considers the use and abuse of deliberate self-contradiction. Beginning with Parmenides, developed by Plato, and continued by Cicero, an ancient philosophical tradition used deliberately paraconsistent discourses to reveal the truth. In modern times, decisionism has used deliberate self-contradiction against Judeo-Christian revelation.


Paraconsistency; Parmenides; Plato; Cicero; decisionism; and Leo Strauss

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/1808-1711.2010v14n1p1

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Principia: an internationnal journal of epistemology
Published by NEL - Epistemology and Logic Research Group
Federal University of Santa Catarina - UFSC
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 ISSN: 1414-4217
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