•  446
    Conjunctive paraconsistency
    Synthese 199 (3-4): 6845-6874. 2021.
    This article is a preliminary presentation of conjunctive paraconsistency, the claim that there might be non-explosive true contradictions, but contradictory propositions cannot be considered separately true. In case of true ‘p and not p’, the conjuncts must be held untrue, Simplification fails. The conjunctive approach is dual to non-adjunctive conceptions of inconsistency, informed by the idea that there might be cases in which a proposition is true and its negation is true too, but the conjun…Read more
  •  248
    Abstract – In this paper I reconstruct the nature, origins and survivals of the divide between ‘analytic’ and ‘continental’ tradition—the famous dualism which affected the development of philosophy in the second half of the XX century. I also present a theory of it, stressing that its intra-philosophical causes are to be found in the mutual resistance between critical (transcendental) and semantic (logical) approaches in philosophy. I conclude by noting that good philosophers (more or less knowi…Read more
  •  148
    From a continental point of view: The role of logic in the analytic-continental divide
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 9 (3). 2001.
    My discussion addresses the differences between analytic and continental philosophy concerning the use of logic and exact reasoning in philosophical practice. These differences are mainly examined in the light of the controversial dominance of Hegel's concept of logic in twentieth-century continental philosophy. The inquiry is developed in two parts. In the first, I indicate some aspects of the analytic -continental divide, pointing to the role that the topic 'logic and philosophy' plays in it. …Read more
  •  95
    Hegel’s Interpretation of the Liar Paradox
    History and Philosophy of Logic 43 (2): 105-128. 2021.
    In his Lectures on the History of Philosophy, Hegel develops a subtle analysis of Megarian paradoxes: the Liar, the Veiled Man and the Sorites. In this paper, we focus on Hegel's interpretation of...
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    Contents Introduction Detailed Content xx 1 Chapter 1. What is nihilism? Chapter 2. The epistemological Liar 21 Chapter 3. Unnatural certainties 43 Chapter ...
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    Knowability and Other Onto-theological Paradoxes
    Logica Universalis 13 (4): 577-586. 2019.
    In virtue of Fitch-Church proof, also known as the knowability paradox, we are able to prove that if everything is knowable, then everything is known. I present two ‘onto-theological’ versions of the proof, one concerning collective omniscience and another concerning omnificence. I claim these arguments suggest new ways of exploring the intersection between logical and ontological givens that is a grounding theme of religious thought. What is more, they are good examples of what I call semi-para…Read more
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    Hegel’s Interpretation of the Sorites
    History and Philosophy of Logic 44 (2): 132-150. 2023.
    1. The label conjunctive paraconsistency has been adopted to mean a consequence relation whereby ‘p and not p’ does not imply ‘p’ and ‘not p’ separately, so that Simplification in case of contradic...
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    Nihilism in Italy
    Philosophy Today 49 (4): 342-354. 2005.
  •  38
    Alethic Rights: Preliminaries of an Inquiry into the Power of Truth
    Social Epistemology 35 (5): 515-532. 2021.
    The focus of this article is the notion of alethic rights, the rights related to truth. The concept of truth grounds many norms and customary and official rules, but there is no clear and shared idea about its power to generate specific rights. The juridical and political archetype called ‘the right to truth’ is still subject of controversies, and there are doubts about its being a real ‘right,’ to be protected by positive (new) norms. In the article the problem is explored in truth-theoretical …Read more
  •  35
    The Epistemological Liar
    Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (2): 125-144. 2003.
    Is it possible truthfully to assert the non-existence of truth? It is a classical problem whose solution is still controversial. I present here an analysis of the sentence “there is no truth” (and its translations and paraphrases, such as “no proposition is true”, “every proposition is false”), with some remarks about its epistemological and ontological implications, and its consequences tor a general theory of reason.
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    The Birth of Logic Out of the Spirit of Democracy
    History and Philosophy of Logic 45 (1): 58-69. 2024.
    This paper advances a version of the theory whereby logic had deep origins in democracy, by re-reading Gorgias’ Encomium of Helen. Democracy, ‘the government by debate’, called political (and scientific) attention to the inferential abilities of citizens and to politicians’ ability of taking advantage of them. Sophists, in particular, discovered that people’s inferences follow constant repeatable forms, that these forms have impact on choices and decisions concerning public good, and then by dom…Read more
  •  22
    The Blushing Liar
    Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy (Philippine e-journal) 21 (2): 252-266. 2020.
    Suppose a person blushes iff what she says is false and she says: ‘I am blushing’. If she blushes, she doesn’t, and if she doesn’t, she does. This Blushing Liar is a new paradox, similar in some respects to the Pinocchio Paradox : Pinocchio’s nose grows iff he says some falsity, and he says: ‘my nose is growing’. Both paradoxes involve physical properties, and both, supposedly, confirm the existence of metaphysical dialetheias. In the paper, we note first that while PP relies on the rather impla…Read more
  •  20
    Feministische Philosophie in Italien
    Die Philosophin 15 (29): 42-60. 2004.
  •  17
    La priorità del male e l'offerta filosofica di Salvatore Veca
    with Giovanni Mari and Paolo Parrini
    Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 19 (2): 421-436. 2006.
  •  17
    Happy Unhappiness (and Other Stratified Contradictions)
    Philosophia 50 (5): 2423-2440. 2022.
    Stratified properties such as ‘happy unhappiness’, ‘ungrounded ground’, ‘fortunate misfortune’, and evidently ‘true falsity’ may generate dialetheias (true contradictions). The aim of the article is to show that if this is the case, then we will have a special, conjunctive, kind of dialetheia: a true state description of the form ‘Fa and not Fa’ (for some property F and object a), wherein the two conjuncts, separately taken, are to be held untrue. The particular focus of the article is on happy …Read more
  •  13
    Professionalità e specializzazione in filosofia
    Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 17 (2): 359-372. 2004.
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    Bollati Boringhieri. 2012.
  •  9
    Two in one: contradictory Christology without gluts?
    Asian Journal of Philosophy 3 (1): 1-27. 2024.
    The central thesis of JC Beall’s paraconsistent Christology is that Christ, being human and divine, is a contradictory being, and a rational Christology can accept it, since logic nowadays does not exclude the possibility of true contradictions. In this paper, I move from Beall’s theory and I present an alternative view. I quote seven statements of the so-called ‘Athanasian Creed’ which synthesizes the results of conciliar Christology. The aim of the Creed is to combat monophysitism by stressing…Read more
  •  9
    La teoria realistica della verità e la politica
    Jura Gentium 5 (S1): 40-53. 2008.
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    Contrariamente a quanto si dice, non esistono oggi “molte filosofie”, ma un unico benché multiforme orientamento scettico, che definisce - con gradi di maggiore o minore radicalità - la “razionalità minimale” all'opera in qualsiasi discorso filosofico. Al centro (o al cuore) di questa grande koiné scettica agisce profondamente, ma con effetti avvertibili, l'idea che sia difficile o impossibile afferrare, o riconoscere, o definire la verità. Ma è davvero così? In quale senso può essere vero che l…Read more
  •  8
    Introduzione alla verità
    Bollati Boringhieri. 2011.
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    A new idea of ‘contradictory Christology’ has been recently advanced by JC Beall (The contradictory Christ. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2021a). This paper does not enter the debate whether Christ double nature instantiates a contradiction or does not. It aims to point out a possible view about the Christological problem similar to Beall’s view but more focused on the metaphysical consequences of admitting a treatment of the Christological paradox in dialetheic terms, as a case of ‘true cont…Read more
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    The Responsibility of the Philosopher (edited book)
    with William McCuaig
    Cambridge University Press. 2010.
    Over the course of his career, Gianni Vattimo has assumed a number of public and private identities and has pursued multiple intellectual paths. He seems to embody several contradictions, at once defending and questioning religion and critiquing and serving the state. Yet the diversity of his life and thought form the very essence of, as he sees it, the vocation and responsibility of the philosopher. In a world that desires quantifiable results and ideological expediency, the philosopher becomes…Read more