Insolubilia and the Fallacy Secundum Quid et Simpliciter

Insolubilia and the Fallacy Secundum Quid et Simpliciter © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/004275408X311258 Vivarium 46 (2008) 175-191 www.brill.nl/viv v i v a r i u m Insolubilia and the Fallacy Secundum Quid et Simpliciter Catarina Dutilh Novaes University of Amsterdam Stephen Read University of St Andrews, UK Abstract Th omas Bradwardine makes much of the fact that his solution to the insolubles is in accordance with Aristotle’s diagnosis of the fallacy in the Liar paradox as that of secun- dum quid et simpliciter . Paul Spade, however, claims that this invocation of Aristotle by Bradwardine is purely “honorary” in order to confer specious respectability on his analysis and give it a spurious weight of authority. Our answer to Spade follows Brad- wardine’s response to the problem of revenge: any proposition saying of itself that it is false says more than does Bradwardine’s proposition saying of it that it is false, and so follows from that other proposition only in respect of part of what it says, and not simpliciter . Keywords fallacy, insolubilia ; Bradwardine, Spade 1. Introduction It is widely recognized that the historical development of Liar paradoxes in the later Middle Ages, then known as Insolubilia , is intimately related to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Vivarium Brill

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0042-7543
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1568-5349
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10.1163/004275408X311258
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/004275408X311258 Vivarium 46 (2008) 175-191 www.brill.nl/viv v i v a r i u m Insolubilia and the Fallacy Secundum Quid et Simpliciter Catarina Dutilh Novaes University of Amsterdam Stephen Read University of St Andrews, UK Abstract Th omas Bradwardine makes much of the fact that his solution to the insolubles is in accordance with Aristotle’s diagnosis of the fallacy in the Liar paradox as that of secun- dum quid et simpliciter . Paul Spade, however, claims that this invocation of Aristotle by Bradwardine is purely “honorary” in order to confer specious respectability on his analysis and give it a spurious weight of authority. Our answer to Spade follows Brad- wardine’s response to the problem of revenge: any proposition saying of itself that it is false says more than does Bradwardine’s proposition saying of it that it is false, and so follows from that other proposition only in respect of part of what it says, and not simpliciter . Keywords fallacy, insolubilia ; Bradwardine, Spade 1. Introduction It is widely recognized that the historical development of Liar paradoxes in the later Middle Ages, then known as Insolubilia , is intimately related to

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Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: FALLACY; SPADE; INSOLUBILIA; BRADWARDINE

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