The Meaning of Absurdity

Pasi Valtonen


According to Panu Raatikainen, logical inferentialism cannot solve Carnap’s problem, unlike its model-theoretic rival. In their reply, Julien Murzi and Ole Thomassen Hjortland show that intuitionistic inferentialists like Dummett and Prawitz can handle the problem but remain sceptical about a classical inferentialist solution. This paper reveals some problems with their solution due to Prawitz’s and Dummett’s view of absurdity. I o er a Tennant-style paraconsistent view of absurdity. It not only solves the exposed problems in intuitionistic solution but also contributes to the classical inferentialist solution.


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