Non logica ned clamor

Advice to a Young Logician
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Contradictory propositions are the holy grail of dia etheists, !ho re"ect c assica ogic #ecause it is contradiction$into erant. %he #est$kno!n dia etheist is &raham Priest, incessant propagandist and in'eterate campaigner for (true) contradictions. Priest*s tracts and c out ha'e made dia etheism the doctrine of choice for an unusua assortment of (pure) semanticists, modus tollens deniers and contradiction spotters+ ogic shoppers, confabulistas and Ne! ,ge ga## ers. -ore often than not, dia etheist !ritings e'oke C ifton Fadiman)s criti.ue of Fau kner/ they are 0penny dreadfu , tricked up in fancy anguage and gi'en a specious depth #y the e1pert manipu ation of a series of eccentric technica tricks2. 3n the dia etheist pa ette, cant, high "inks and persif age trump candor, ref ection and gra'itas, spa!ning ephemera ike 0*%o Pee and not to Pee4* Cou d %hat 5e the 6uestion42 in &raham Priest, 7effrey C. 5ea , and 5rad ey P. ,rmour$&ar#, eds. The law of non-contradiction: New philosophical essays 891ford :ni'ersity Press, 2;;<=, 2>?$2<<+ a'ai a# e at http/@@!!!.scri#d.com@doc@A21>2B<1@%he$ La!$of$Non$Contradiction$Ne!$Phi osophica $Cssays=
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%he preceding note targets a schoo of ogicians, ca ing themse 'es dialetheists, !ho ho d that one and the same assertion can #e true and fa se. For e1amp e, suppose there is a #ar#er !ho sha'es e'eryone !ho doesn*t sha'e himse f. Ca him Darry. Ee , if Darry sha'es himse f then he doesn*t sha'e himse f, #ecause Darry sha'es on y peop e !ho don*t sha'e themse 'es. 9n the other hand, if he doesn*t sha'e himse f then he sha'es himse f, since Darry sha'es e'ery#ody !ho doesn*t sha'e himse f. Proponents of c assica ogic right y conc ude there is no such #ar#er/ if there !ere he !ou d ha'e to sha'e himse f and not sha'e himse f, !hich isn*t possi# e. For the same reason, they treat the assertion that there is such a #ar#er as se f$refuting. 3n contrast, dia etheists c aim some such assertions are #oth true and fa se 8at the same time and in the same respect=. 5ut they say neither ho! this comports !ith !hat true and fa se mean$$a truth con'eying !hat is the case and a fa sehood !hat is not+ nor ho! this c arifies phenomena !hich cannot other!ise #e understood. Eorse yet/ as per the Fadiman riff on Fau kner, most dia etheist !ritings are 0penny dreadfu , tricked up in fancy anguage and gi'en a specious depth #y the e1pert manipu ation of a series of eccentric technica tricks2/ de'ices !hich snarkademics typica y resort to !hen !riting horseshit.