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A number of the Presocratic philosophers endorsed explicitly contradictory views. In book Γ of the Metaphysics, Aristotle took these in his sights, and defended what was to become known as the Law of Non-Contradiction. This was a crucial moment in the history of philosophy. With the exception of Hegel and his fellow-travellers, and whilst Aristotle’s opinion on nearly every other matter has been overturned—or at least challenged—nearly every Western philosopher and logician has accepted the authority of Aristotle on this matter. There is hardly a defence of the Law since Aristotle’s, worth mentioning.(Priest 7)
What interests me is not so much the niceties of exegesis as whether there is any interpretation of what Aristotle says that will establish what he wishes.(Priest 7)
Graham Priest. Doubt Truth To Be a Liar. Oxford: Oxford University, 2006.