The Liar’s Paradox

On the assumption that Cretans tell nothing but lies, it is impossible that any Cretan should say, ‘I am a liar.’ The so-called paradox arises because the paradoxer asserts two contradictory propositions. It impossible for both to be true. Therefore the person who wishes to puzzle us, if he is to say anything meaningful, must choose between asserting that all Cretans tell nothing but lies and the supposition that one Cretan says ‘I am a liar.’ The laws of logic, particularly the law of contradiction, forbid the insolubist from making both statements. And if he does not make both statements, there is no difficulty. To put it simply, no such Cretan would admit that he was a liar. – Gordon H. Clark, Language and Theology, Pg 13


About douglasdouma

I am a husband to beautiful wife, an ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church - Hanover Presbytery, and founder of Sola - Appalachian Christian Retreat ( In addition to blogging at this site I am the author of The Presbyterian Philosopher - The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark (Wipf&Stock, 2017) and compiling editor of Clark and His Correspondents: Selected Letters of Gordon H. Clark (Trinity Foundation, 2017). I have a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering (University of Michigan), a master's in business administration (Wake Forest University) and a master of divinity (Sangre de Cristo Seminary). I'm an avid hiker, having completed a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian trail in 2013 and the first 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016.
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