About Rationally Speaking
Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Rationally Speaking podcast: Graham Priest on Paradoxes and Paraconsistent Logic
In this episode Massimo and Julia are joined again by philosopher and logician Graham Priest, who explains why we have to radically revise our notions of "true" and "false." In the process, he explains classic puzzlers like the "barber paradox": "In a village, the barber shaves all men who do not shave themselves. Does he shave himself?"
Follow along for an episode that really takes to heart the podcast's tagline: exploring the borderlands between reason and nonsense.
Graham's picks: "Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion: The Posthumous Essays of the Immortality of the Soul and of Suicide" and "Logic: A Very Short Introduction."