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 boost? Can time have a starting? Which got here first, the fowl or the egg? Riddles, paradoxes, conundrums--for millennia the human brain has discovered such knotty logical difficulties either puzzling 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 center a while, the Enlightenment, and into the 20th century. whilst Augustine requested what God was once doing sooner than He made the realm, he used to be informed: "Preparing hell for those that ask questions like that." A short historical past 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 approach and finishing with such thinkers as Lewis Carroll, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and W.V. Quine. prepared chronologically, the booklet is split into twenty-four chapters, every one of which pairs a thinker with an immense paradox, bearing in mind prolonged attention and placing a human face at the options which were taken towards those puzzles. Readers get to stick with the minds of Zeno, Socrates, Aquinas, Ockham, Pascal, Kant, Hegel, and lots of different significant philosophers deep contained in the tangles of paradox, trying to find, and occasionally discovering, a manner out.
Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A short heritage of the Paradox will entice an individual who unearths attempting to solution unanswerable questions a ironically friendly endeavor.

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