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Castagnoli, Luca. 2010. Ancient Self-Refutation: The Logic and History of the Self-Refutation Argument from Democritus to Augustine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (394 pages, ISBN 978-0-521-89631-3 (hardback)).

Castagnoli, Luca. 2010. Ancient Self-Refutation: The Logic and History of the Self-Refutation... 398 Book Reviews – Buchbesprechungen Castagnoli, Luca. 2010. Ancient Self-Refutation: The Logic and History of the Self-Refutation Argument from Democritus to Augustine . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (394 pages, ISBN 978-0-521-89631-3 (hardback)). In this fascinating and well-written book, Dr. Luca Castagnoli draws on nearly a decade of research on the topic of self-refutation and self-refuting arguments in ancient and early medieval Western philosophy (he leaves aside cases of similar argumentation in the Eastern tradition; see pg. 2, fn. 4 for references to that tradition). Both philosophical and historical in its aims, Castagnoli’s book expands on and critiques previous research on the topic by Mackie, Burnyeat, and others, and provides a new interpretation of what it means for an argument to be self-refuting. The book begins – as all good books do – with outlining and then motivating its scope. The first challenge that the book addresses, in its short introduction, is the question of “what should count as an ancient instance of self-refutation?” (p. 2). As a basic first response, Castagnoli defines a ‘self-refutation argument’ as “any argument which aims at showing that (and how) something is ‘self-refuting’, i. e., refutes itself ” (p. 3); but this, of course, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis Brill

Castagnoli, Luca. 2010. Ancient Self-Refutation: The Logic and History of the Self-Refutation Argument from Democritus to Augustine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (394 pages, ISBN 978-0-521-89631-3 (hardback)).

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398 Book Reviews – Buchbesprechungen Castagnoli, Luca. 2010. Ancient Self-Refutation: The Logic and History of the Self-Refutation Argument from Democritus to Augustine . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (394 pages, ISBN 978-0-521-89631-3 (hardback)). In this fascinating and well-written book, Dr. Luca Castagnoli draws on nearly a decade of research on the topic of self-refutation and self-refuting arguments in ancient and early medieval Western philosophy (he leaves aside cases of similar argumentation in the Eastern tradition; see pg. 2, fn. 4 for references to that tradition). Both philosophical and historical in its aims, Castagnoli’s book expands on and critiques previous research on the topic by Mackie, Burnyeat, and others, and provides a new interpretation of what it means for an argument to be self-refuting. The book begins – as all good books do – with outlining and then motivating its scope. The first challenge that the book addresses, in its short introduction, is the question of “what should count as an ancient instance of self-refutation?” (p. 2). As a basic first response, Castagnoli defines a ‘self-refutation argument’ as “any argument which aims at showing that (and how) something is ‘self-refuting’, i. e., refutes itself ” (p. 3); but this, of course,

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Published: Apr 5, 2013

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