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Pablo Cobreros, professor at the University of Navarra, has published a article in the latest issue of the magazine "Mind".

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Professor Pablo Cobreros at class of Logic. PHOTO: Manuel Castells
28/05/14 17:50 Fina Trèmols

With the degree scroll "Reaching Transparent Truth" the professor of department of Philosophy of the University of NavarraPablo Cobreros, in partnership with Paul Egré (Institut Jean Nicod Paris), Dave Ripley (University of Connecticut) and Robert van Rooij(University of Amsterdam), tries to explain and defend a new approach to the problem of the use of paradoxes, through a non-transitive logic, in a article published in the journal Mind.

The sentence "(*) the sentence following the asterisk is not true" is a paradoxical sentence because it is true exactly if it is not true. The use of semantic concepts, such as "it is true that", gives rise to several types of paradoxes and these are not "good", since they show that our theory is logically incoherent.

One of the great themes of the Philosophy of Logic in recent years is to explain how the use of semantic concepts can be logically coherent, without the need to reject the great principles of logic.

Mind magazine is one of the most prestigious Philosophy magazines in the world and the most valued British Philosophy magazine. It was founded in 1876 and has published some of the most influential and famous articles of recent Philosophy such as "On Denoting" (1905) by Bertrand Russell, "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" (1950) by Alan Turing or "Language and Nature" (1995) by Noam Chomsky.

This is the second article that Professor Pablo Cobreros publishes in Mind magazine; the first appeared in 2011 and is entitled. "Varzi on Supervaluationism and Logical Consequence.".