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Dialetheism's Trivialism Problems

Dialetheism's Trivialism Problems

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Published by William J Greenberg
Trivialists think that everything is true (and false). ..Here's a trivialism problem that only dialetheists have: They can't express their rejection of trivialism in a way that isn't compatible with trivialism by *their own* lights.
Trivialists think that everything is true (and false). ..Here's a trivialism problem that only dialetheists have: They can't express their rejection of trivialism in a way that isn't compatible with trivialism by *their own* lights.

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Dialetheism's Trivialism Problems
Dialetheists think that some contradictions are true.Trivialists think that everything is true (and false).Here's a trivialism problem that everyone has:You can't epress your re!ection of trivialism in a "ay that isn't compatible "ith trivialism by the trivialist's lights. #or eample$ if you say %trivialism is false$% the trivialist "ill agree "ith you.Here's a trivialism problem that only the dialetheist has:They can't epress their re!ection of trivialism in a "ay that isn't compatible "ith trivialism by &their o"n& lights.Here's "hat  mean:f an ordinary nondialetheist says %trivialism is false$% they've !ust said something that they think rules out the possibility that trivialism is true.n a dialetheist says %trivialism is false$% they've said something they &don't& think rules out the  possibility that trivialism is true.f they say %trivialism is (!ust) false% or %trivialism fails to be true in any sense% or %trivialism has an alethetic status that rules out the possibility that it could be true$% they still haven't said anything that can be (by their lights) incompatible "ith the truth of trivialism....at least assuming that they take iar sentences to be both true and false.&fter all$ "e can al"ays construct iars like:%This sentence is (!ust) false.%%This sentence fails to be true in any sense.%%This sentence as an alethic status that rules out the possibility that it could be true.%....etc.$ etc.$ etc. This is$  take it$ one of the reasons "hy the dialetheist's difficulties "ith making sense of claiming that some sentences are %!ust true% or %!ust false% are philosophically significant$ a sub!ect "e'll be returning to net "eek. *o that's dialetheism's trivialism problem (+).,hile "e're at it$ though$ here are t"o other special trivialism problems that the dialetheist has that no one else has:(-) The urry /arado bears eactly the same relation to trivialism that the iar /arado bears to

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