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:
 Consistency and the Empirical Sciences

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic


Show Summary Details


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

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.