Denotation, Paradox and Multiple Meanings

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In line with the Principle of Uniform Solution, Graham Priest has challenged advocates like myself of the "multiple-meanings'' solution to the paradoxes of truth and knowledge, due to the medieval logician Thomas Bradwardine, to extend this account to a similar solution to the paradoxes of denotation, such as Berry's, König's and Richard's. I here rise to this challenge by showing how to adapt Bradwardine's principles of truth and signification for propositions to corresponding principles of denotation and signification for descriptive phrases, applying them to give a "multiple-meanings'' solution to the denotational paradoxes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGraham Priest on Dialetheism and Paraconsistency
EditorsCan Baskent, Thomas Macaulay Ferguson
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameOutstanding Contributions to Logic
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG


  • Multiple-meanings
  • Berry's paradox
  • Berkeley's paradox
  • Hilbert-Bernays' paradox
  • Epimenides' paradox
  • heterologicality
  • Bradwardine


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