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Quine’s paradox is as follows: “Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation” yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation.

Bryan Bunch gives a great overview of this paradox (as well as many others) in his book, Mathematical Paradoxes and Fallacies (Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, 1982). As Bunch puts it:

[T]he Quine paradox is not dependent on the language in which it is expressed or its exact wording. In particular, the Quine paradox can be translated into a statement in mathematics. However, the odd thing that occurs in that translation (if it is carefully done) is that the result is no longer a paradox.

This blog’s cover image is from a 2015 photo (taken by the author) of Ed Benavente’s “Minimal Response III” (1999, painted steel) in the Wandell Sculpture Garden at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana, Illinois.

Minimal Response III - Ed Benevente

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