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Moore's paradox


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A puzzle arising when someone says ‘p but I do not believe that p’. What is said is not contradictory, since (for many instances of p) both parts of it could be true. But the person nevertheless violates some presupposition of normal practice, namely that you assert something only if you believe it; by adding that you do not believe what you just said you undo the natural significance of the original act of saying it.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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