Paper Prompts: Write on ONE of the following topics:

 

(1) Explain the liar paradox. Why would banning self-referential statements  and indexical expressions not

 eliminate the liar paradox? 

Which solution to the liar paradox strikes you as plausible and why? 

What, if anything, is problematic about your preferred solution to the liar paradox?

 

(2) Explain the sorites paradox. What is your favorite solution to the sorites paradox and why?

 What, if anything, is problematic about your favorite solution to the sorites paradox?

 

(3) Explain the paradox of analysis. Which solution to the paradox of analysis do you find most convincing? 

Explain the solution.

 

(4) Explain the distinction between a performative and a logical contradiction. 

Explain Moore’s paradox in its omissive and commissive form.

 Which solution to Moore’s paradox do you find most convincing? 

Explain the solution. Are there any problems with the solution of your choice and, if there are, how can they be dealt with? (Note: you do not have to discuss the knowledge version of Moore’s paradox.)