Roy Sorensen's A Brief History of the Paradox: Philosophy and the PDF

By Roy Sorensen

ISBN-10: 0195159039

ISBN-13: 9780195159035

ISBN-10: 0195179862

ISBN-13: 9780195179866

Can God create a stone too heavy for him to raise? Can time have a starting? Which got here first, the chook 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, during the heart a long time, the Enlightenment, and into the 20th century. whilst Augustine requested what God was once doing ahead of He made the area, he used to be informed: "Preparing hell for those who 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 people riddles that encouraged Anaximander to erect the 1st metaphysical method and finishing with such thinkers as Lewis Carroll, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and W.V. Quine. geared up chronologically, the ebook is split into twenty-four chapters, each one of which pairs a thinker with an incredible paradox, taking into consideration prolonged attention and placing a human face at the concepts which were taken towards those puzzles. Readers get to stick to 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 infrequently discovering, a manner out.
Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A short historical past of the Paradox will entice someone who unearths attempting to resolution unanswerable questions a ironically friendly endeavor.

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