A Brief History of the Paradox: Philosophy and the by Roy Sorensen

By Roy Sorensen

Can God create a stone too heavy for him to raise? Can time have a starting? Which got here first, the bird or the egg? Riddles, paradoxes, conundrums--for millennia the human brain has discovered such knotty logical difficulties either complicated and irresistible.
Now Roy Sorensen deals the 1st narrative heritage of paradoxes, a desirable and eye-opening account that extends from the traditional Greeks, throughout the center a while, the Enlightenment, and into the 20th century. whilst Augustine requested what God used to be doing prior to He made the realm, he used to be instructed: "Preparing hell for those that ask questions like that." A short heritage of the Paradox takes an in depth examine "questions like that" and the philosophers who've requested them, starting with the folks riddles that encouraged Anaximander to erect the 1st metaphysical process and finishing with such thinkers as Lewis Carroll, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and W.V. Quine. prepared chronologically, the ebook is split into twenty-four chapters, every one of which pairs a thinker with a tremendous paradox, taking into consideration prolonged attention and placing a human face at the techniques which have been taken towards those puzzles. Readers get to stick with the minds of Zeno, Socrates, Aquinas, Ockham, Pascal, Kant, Hegel, and plenty of different significant philosophers deep contained in the tangles of paradox, searching for, and occasionally discovering, a manner out.
Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A short heritage of the Paradox will entice a person who reveals attempting to resolution unanswerable questions a satirically friendly endeavor.

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