Dean Li (left) wins the Outstanding Paper Award for his insightful perspectives in the study of the “silence approach”


李帝霖同學 (左) 的「靜默理論」研究觀點非常獨到,贏得傑出論文獎

Date: 08 Aug 2017 (Tuesday)

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Religion and Philosophy MPhil student wins outstanding paper award

宗教及哲學研究生喜獲傑出論文獎

Dean Li, a Year 2 MPhil student in Religion and Philosophy, was presented with an Outstanding Paper Award at the recent International Postgraduate Roundtable and Research Forum cum Summer School 2017 organised by The Education University of Hong Kong.

Entitled “Can silence be a proper response to the liar paradox?”, the paper focuses on one of the traditional paradoxes, the “liar paradox”, and inquiries about the adequacy of the “silence approach” to this paradox.

Many attempts at solving the “liar paradox” involve classifying the semantic category of the “liar sentence” in a consistent way. The problem with most of the prominent approaches is that they evoke the revenge problem, that is, while the solutions may solve the pristine “liar paradox”, they trigger another one with the same structure.

The “silence approach”, however, holds that the “liar sentence” is unclassifiable and thus rejects classifying it. Dean’s study offers a primary evaluation of this kind of solution by looking at two extant “silence approaches”. The result of the evaluation shows that while the “silence approach” may have the virtue of being revenge-free, it may have trouble in justifying the claim that the “liar sentence” is unclassifiable and so will suffer severely from being ad hoc.

Dean did not expect the award. He said: “My paper is just a primary study in this realm, and there are many more problems I need to address before it can count as an adequate one. I would like to express my gratitude to my supervisor, Professor Stephen Palmquist of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, for his support, encouragement and useful advice.”

宗教及哲學系二年級研究生李帝霖最近在香港教育大學舉辦的國際研究生圓桌與研究論壇暨暑假課程2017上,獲頒發傑出論文獎。

得獎論文題為「Can silence be a proper response to the liar paradox」,主要研究「說謊者悖論」這一傳統的矛盾學說,探討「靜默理論」在解說「說謊者悖論」層面上的完整性。

在解釋「說謊者悖論」時,大部份理論會統一將「說謊者語句」的語義範疇作歸類。這種做法慣常會引申出復仇問題,即是當原有的「說謊者悖論」得到解答時,或會觸發另一個結構相同的悖論。「靜默理論」則認為「說謊者語句」基本上是不可被劃歸的,因此不會將它進行歸類。帝霖的得獎論文是通過對兩個現行「靜默理論」的初步研究,發現「靜默理論」也許能避免復仇問題的產生,卻難有足夠理據支持「說謊者語句」不可被劃歸的說法,因此或會陷入特設的謬誤。

帝霖對獲獎感到喜出望外,他說:「論文只是對相關領域的初步研究,還有更多問題有待解答,方能稱得上是完整。我十分感謝指導老師宗教及哲學系龐思奮教授給我的支持、鼓勵與寶貴意見。」