The Barber, Russell's Paradox, Catch-22, God, Contradiction, and More

In Graham Priest, J. C. Beall & Bradley Armour-Garb (eds.), The Law of Non-Contradiction. Clarendon Press. pp. 295--313 (2004)
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outrageous remarks about contradictions. Perhaps the most striking remark he makes is that they are not false. This claim first appears in his early notebooks (Wittgenstein 1960, p.108). In the Tractatus, Wittgenstein argued that contradictions (like tautologies) are not statements (S├Ątze) and hence are not false (or true). This is a consequence of his theory that genuine statements are pictures.

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