The Permissibility Paradox

Tim Maudlin

in Truth and Paradox

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780199247295
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601781 | DOI:
 The Permissibility Paradox

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The notion of a sentence that is permissible to assert spawns a new ‘paradox’: a sentence that says of itself that it is not permissible to assert. This appears to be a form of the revenge problem for solutions of the Liar paradox. The problematic sentences are shown to force a violation of a normative ideal, but to be otherwise unproblematic.

Keywords: falsity‐forbidding; ideal; permissibility paradox; pragmatic coherence; truth‐permissive

Chapter.  5391 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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