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On Material Exclusion and Absolute Contradiction

  • Jonas Rafael Becker ArenhartEmail author
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Abstract

Francesco Berto has argued that a primitive concept of material exclusion could be employed to formulate a notion of absolute contradiction that not even dialetheists could accept. The machinery of material exclusion and absolute contradiction could then be employed as a common (non-question-begging) ground by both dialetheists as well as their opponents in debates about negation and truth. In this paper, we first put the idea on a clear basis, and then present some criticism to it. We shall argue that the concepts of material exclusion and absolute contradiction hardly help with a clear basis for the debate on dialetheism; furthermore, the introduction of material exclusion threatens the coherence of dialetheism by allowing one to express the opposition between designated and undesignated values, with unwanted conclusions.

Keywords

Material exclusion Contradiction Dialetheism Negation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyFederal University of Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil

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