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The form of the Benardete Dichotomy

Shackel, Nicholas 2005. The form of the Benardete Dichotomy. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 56 (2) , pp. 397-417. 10.1093/bjps/axi121

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Abstract

Benardete presents a version of Zeno’s dichotomy in which an infinite sequence of gods each intends to raise a barrier if a traveller reaches where they intend to raise their barrier. In this paper I exhibit the abstract form of the Benardete Dichotomy. I show that the diagnosis based on that form can do philosophical work not done by earlier papers rejecting Priest’s version of the Benardete Dichotomy, and that the diagnosis extends to a paradox not normally classified as a dichotomy. I show how the form is exploited to generate paradox.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Publisher: Oxford Journals
ISSN: 1464-3537
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:51
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3801

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