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CLAS BOT Distinguished Professor Lecture: Jc Beall

Thursday, November 5, 2015
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Storrs Campus
Oak Hall, Room 408

"How Truth and Logic Limit Knowledge"

By Jc Beall, 2015 Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

Truth and logic are at the very foundation of knowledge. Without truth there would be no knowledge; and without logic knowledge would be at best scattered. But there is a flip side: Truth and logic impose absolute limits on systematic knowledge. This talk, which is intended for non-experts, presents a very short primer on truth and logic, and a flavor of the abstract limits they impose on theories. A guiding question is whether there can be a true theory, voiced in our language (say, English), that contains all truths about our language (say, English). The answer, due to quirky sentences, is /no/.

Contact:

CLAS Dean's Office, (860) 486-2713

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (primary), Humanities Institute, Linguistics Department, Philosophy Department, UConn Logic Group Colloquium, UConn Master Calendar

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