Contraction and revision

  • Shawn Standefer University of Melbourne


An important question for proponents of non-contractive approaches to paradox is why contraction fails. Zardini offers an answer, namely that paradoxical sentences exhibit a kind of instability. I elaborate this idea using revision theory, and I argue that while instability does motivate failures of contraction, it equally motivates failure of many principles that non-contractive theorists want to maintain.


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Author Biography

Shawn Standefer, University of Melbourne

Postdoctoral research fellow

School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Philosophy

How to Cite
STANDEFER, Shawn. Contraction and revision. The Australasian Journal of Logic, [S.l.], v. 13, n. 3, apr. 2016. ISSN 1448-5052. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 02 july 2020. doi: