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Consistency and the Empirical Sciences

Graham Priest

in Doubt Truth to be a Liar

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780199263288
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603631 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263280.003.0010
 Consistency and the Empirical Sciences

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This chapter discusses the role of inconsistency in the empirical sciences. It distinguishes the various ways in which contradictions may occur in the corpus of science, and argues that while a contradiction may make revision desirable in some contexts, this may not be the case in others. The possibility of producing scientific theories based on a paraconsistent logic may well increase the power of scientific theorizing.

Keywords: inconsistency in science; observation; paraconsistency; chunking; inconsistent mathematics

Chapter.  5254 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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