The problem of assertion lies in our belief of the truth in reality. When someone is in doubt, one tends to deny the given proposition. Stephen Mumford argues that denial is different from asserting a negation and it is also non-committal to the way the world is. In his analysis, Mumford believes that asserting a negation enables negative entities to be granted in metaphysical structure, which will legitimize its existence. He then gives the grounds for accepting the negative existence only if it is indispensable and irreducibly negative. With that, rather than affirming the existence of a negative, Mumford argues he can deny the existence of a positive. However, Mumford introduces this account without involving identity statements, which makes denying seem absurd. In light of this, the lecture will argue that Mumford’s account of denial cannot explain what conditions are required for denial to be submitted and how belief in identity is the main problem of denial.
1. Denying the positive (16 Sept 2018)
2. Consequence of Denial (23 Sept 2018)
3. Belief and Identity (30 Sept 2018)
by Sosiawan Permadi (Head of Logic and Semantic at Ze-No)
Yogyakarta | 16, 23, and 30 September 2018
Time: 15.00 – 17.00 WIB
Venue: Sengkan RT 07 RW 059 Gang Nakula no 16 Joho Condongcatur, Depok, Sleman Yogyakarta 55281 (Ze-No Office)