Beyond the Limits of Thought

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 317 pages
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This second and extended edition of Priest's classic includes new chapters on Heidegger and Nagarjuna, as well as reflections on reactions to the first edition.
Praise for previous edition: "a splendid tour de force, one which should be read by every philosopher..."--Philosophical Quarterly
"[H]ighly entertaining and provocative...an engaging and instructive tour through some of the most perplexing features of our own conceptual finitude..."--TLS
  

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Get used to it: paradox and contradiction are inherent in human thought. Australian philosopher Graham Priest is the primary champion of dialetheism, a philosophical position that allows some ... Read full review

Contents

Beyond the limit
3
The limits of thought in preKantian philosophy
9
The limits of iteration
25
The limits of conception
56
The limits of thought in Kant and Hegel
71
Kants antinomies
85
Hegels infinities
102
Limits and the paradoxes of selfreference
111
The Grim universe
229
Hegel and inclosure
233
Post terminum
235
Heidegger and the grammar of being
237
The question of being
238
The incredible ineffability of being
239
Nothing
240
Being and nothing
242

Vicious circles
128
Parameterisation
141
Sets and classes
156
Technical appendix
170
Language and its limits
177
Translation reference and truth
195
The indeterminacy of reference
200
Relative reference
201
Davidson truth and meaning
204
Semantic closure and contradiction
206
Conclusion
208
Consciousness rules and differance
209
Following a rule
210
Language games
212
Derrida on presence
214
and absence
215
Deconstruction
217
The revenge of Cratylus
218
Differance
219
and inclosure
221
Conclusion
223
Conclusion
225
The persistence of inclosure
227
Limitative theorems
228
Stretching language
243
The limits of description
245
Aletheia and the la of noncontradiction
247
Nagarjuna and the limits of thought with Jay Garficld
249
Inclosures and the limits of thought
251
Conventional and ultimate reality
253
Nagarjuna and the law of noncontradiction
256
The ultimate truth is that there is no ultimate truth
260
Positive and negative tetralemmas conventional and ultimate perspectives
263
All things have one nature that is no nature
265
Nagarjuna and inclosure
267
Nagarjunas paradox and others like and unlike it
269
Further reflections
271
The incUisure schema
276
The domain principle
280
Another solution that reproduces the problem
282
Berkeleys paradox
285
The principle of uniform solution
287
Language and its meaning
291
The ontological turn
294
Bibliography
297
Index
309
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Graham Priest is Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, and also Arche Professorial Fellow at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of In Contradiction (1987), Introduction to Non-Classical Logic (2001), and the editor of several collections on logic and related subjects. He is also the author of a successful book on Logic in the Very Short Introduction series.

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