Academic Philosophy Events in the Netherlands
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Colloquium ‘In Denial’ by prof. Stehpen Mumford
13 January @ 15:30 - 17:00
We are willing to affirm negations, yet it is difficult to say what could be the truthmakers for negative truths. There is an alternative, however, which is that instead of asserting ¬P, we could deny P. This has been overlooked as an alternative to assertion partly because Frege and others accept the equivalences: 1) between Assertion: <¬P> and Denial: <P>, and 2) between Assertion: <P> and Denial: <¬P>. But these are not equivalences. Assertion and denial have different linguistic functions. Assertion aims at truth, commits to a way the world is, expresses a judgment and is conventionally opening. In contrast, denial aims at falsehood, makes no commitment to a way the world is, might withhold judgment and is conventionally responsive. A denial is not, then, the same as an assertion of a negation. That Frege’s logic contains an assertion stroke but not a denial stroke is evidence of his affirmation bias. Recognition of the special role of denial can be useful in cases such as negative truth.
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