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Doubt Truth to be a Liar$
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Graham Priest

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263288

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199263280.001.0001

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Consistency and the Empirical Sciences

Consistency and the Empirical Sciences

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(p.142) 9 Consistency and the Empirical Sciences
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Doubt Truth to be a Liar
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Graham Priest (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199263280.003.0010

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

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