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Truth and Paradox: Solving the Riddles Paperback – September 28, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0199203918 ISBN-10: 0199203911
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"Maudlin's Truth and Paradox offers a new way out of [the Liar] paradox, which is worth exploring...I cannot do justice to many of his thought-provoking points...Maudlin does an excellent job in explaining why other theories of truth...are unsatisfying and also why he is driven to his own theory."--Byeong Lee, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


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Tim Maudlin is at the Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199203911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199203918
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,220,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Wang VINE VOICE on May 13, 2010
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This book attempts to develop a theoretical framework necessary to resolve the Liar Paradox. The Liar Paradox takes many forms, but a typical one states, "This sentence is false." Such a simple statement proves surprisingly difficult to reconcile with common logic, and the author chooses to expand on Alfred Tarski's idea, which is to question the limit of semantics in everyday languages. The discussion that follows is strictly for professional logicians, philosophers or experts in semantics. This book is not a casual read.

The author says that he gets interested in the Liar Paradox while pondering the proof of Godel's incompleteness theorem. The two are indeed very similar, and a thorough understanding of the former no doubt helps that of the latter. Unfortunately, I am trained as a physicist and thus have a natural aversion to meta-physics. A more philosophically inclined reader will get more out of the book.

I get to know Prof. Maudlin through his excellent book on Quantum Mechanics: Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics (Aristotelian Society Monographs). There, he provides the clearest and most rigorous explanation on Quantum non-locality outside of John Bell's classic: Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics (Collected papers on quantum philosophy). Some physicists have claimed that to understand Quantum Mechanics is to be seriously confused by it. Well, the confusion actually comes from the Copenhagen interpretation, which also gives birth to all kinds of new age craziness. I highly recommend Maudlin and Bell's books to anyone interested in QM's true philosophical implications.
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