Plato's Account of Falsehood

Plato's Account of Falsehood : A Study of the 'Sophist'

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Some philosophers argue that false speech and false belief are impossible. In the Sophist, Plato addresses this 'falsehood paradox', which purports to prove that one can neither say nor believe falsehoods (because to say or believe a falsehood is to say or believe something that is not, and is therefore not there to be said or believed). In this book Paolo Crivelli closely examines the whole dialogue and shows how Plato's brilliant solution to the paradox is radically different from those put forward by modern philosophers. He surveys and critically discusses the vast range of literature which has developed around the Sophist over the past fifty years, and provides original solutions to several problems that are so far unsolved. His book will be important for all who are interested in the Sophist and in ancient ontology and philosophy of language more generally.show more

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'My overview obviously cannot do justice to the subtlety and richness of Crivelli's analysis ... He soberly chooses among the interpretative possibilities, never yielding to speculative interpretations. The virtues of his account are comprehensiveness, detailed and clear presentation, and the philosophical coherence of the interpretation embraced.' Laszlo Bene, Bryn Mawr Classical Reviewshow more

About Paolo Crivelli

Paolo Crivelli is Associate Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He is the author of Aristotle on Truth (Cambridge University Press, 2004).show more

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The sophist defined; 2. Puzzles about not-being; 3. Puzzles about being; 4. The communion of kinds; 5. Negation and not-being; 6. Sentences, false sentences, and false beliefs; Appendix: the Sophist on true and false sentences: formal presentation.show more