Campus Directory: Bryson Brown

University of Lethbridge

Bryson Brown
Philosophy Department
Office: B864 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2506
Fax: (403) 329-5109


B.A. (Hon.), M.A., Ph.D. (Philosophy)


Philosophical logic, Preservationism, Paraconsistency, Philosophy of science, Evolution

Research Areas

Preservationism, Paraconsistency, Ambiguity logics, Laws of nature, Free will

Previous Research Areas

Inconsistency in science, Scientific realism, Paraconsistent logic, Weakly aggregative logic, Preservationist logic

Alternate Languages


Selected Publications

Books and edited volumes:

On Preserving: Essays on Preservationism and Paraconsistent Logic, co-edited with P.K. Schotch and R.E. Jennings, forthcoming from University of Toronto Press.

Evolution: A Historical Perspective, Westport Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press 2007.

Truth and Probability: Essays in Honour of Hugues Leblanc, co-edited with François Lepage, London: College Publications 2006.

Logical Consequence: Rival Approaches, co-edited with J.H. Woods. Proceedings of the 1999 meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy. General Editor: Dov Gabbay (Stanmore, Middlesex: Hermes Science Press. 2001).

New Essays in Exact Philosophy: Logic, Mathematics and Science, co-edited with J.H Woods. Proceedings of the 1999 meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy. General Editor: Dov Gabbay (Stanmore, Middlesex: Hermes Science Press. 2001).


“A Short History of Preservationism,” in J. Woods and D. Gabbay (eds.), Handbook of the History of Logic, Vol 8: The Many-Valued and Non-Monotonic Turn in Logic, Elsevier, 2007.

“Selective Skepticism, Manufactured Doubt & the Politics of Science,” Humanist Perspectives 160 (Spring 2007), 20-23.

“Bootstrapping Norms: From Cause to Intention,” 343-363 in Engaged Philosophy: Essays in Honour of David Braybrooke, University of Toronto Press, 2007. (refereed)

“Skepticism about the past and the problem of the criterion,” Croatian Journal of Philosophy, 2 (17) 291-306, 2006.

“Chunk and Permeate,” with Graham Priest, Journal of Philosophical Logic, 33, 4 August 2004 379-388. (refereed)

“The Pragmatics of Empirical Adequacy,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 82 June 2004, 242-263. (refereed)

“Knowledge and Non-Contradiction,” in G. Priest and J.C. Beall (eds.), The Law of Non-Contradiction, Oxford University Press 2004. (refereed)

“Notes on Hume and Skepticism of the Senses,” Croatian Journal of Philosophy, 3 (9) 2003, 289-303. (invited)

“Paraconsistent Classical Logic,” in W.A.Carnielli, M.E.Coniglio and I.M.L.D’Ottaviano, eds., Paraconsistency: The Logical Way to the Inconsistent- Proceedings of the II World Congress on Paraconsistency 2000, Marcel Decker, New York, 2002. (refereed)

“Approximate Truth” pp. 81-103 in J. Meheus, ed., Inconsistency in Science, Dordrecht,/Boston/London: Kluwer, 2002. (invited)

“On Paraconsistency,” Part XII, entry 39, pp. 628-650 in Dale Jaquette, ed., ¬A Companion to Philosophical Logic Blackwell Publishers, Malden, Massachusetts and Oxford, UK, 2002. (invited)

“LP, FDE and Ambiguity,” in H. Arabnia, ed., IC-AI 2001 Volume II- Proceedings of the 2001 meetings of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (CSREA publications, 2001). (refereed)

“An Empty Refinement in Mellors’s Definition of Chances,” Analysis 60, 3 (July 2000) 238-242. (refereed)

“Method and Metaphysics,” critical notice of D.H. Mellor, The Facts of Causation (Cambridge, 1994), Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 30, 3, Sept. 2000, pp. 467-494. (refereed)

“Approximate Truth in Context”, forthcoming in a volume collecting the proceedings of a conference at the University of Lethbridge, April ‘2000. P. Viminitz, ed. (invited)

“Simple Natural Deduction for Weakly Aggregative Paraconsistent Logic,” in Batens, van Bendegum, Priest (eds.) Frontiers of Paraconsistency (Proceedings of the First World Conference on Paraconsistency), (2000). (refereed)

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Preservationism Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), $115,277, 2005-08.

Bryson Brown, University of Lethbridge P.K. Schotch, Dalhousie University; R.E. Jennings, Simon Fraser University

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
“How to Liberate Consequence Relations from the Tyranny of Truth Values”. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) 2005
Lectures on Preservationist logic and philosophy of science University of Melbourne Principal Fellow in Philosophy 2002
“Contextual Realism” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) 2003

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