David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford University Press (2003)
Can God create a stone too heavy for him to lift? Can time have a beginning? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Riddles, paradoxes, conundrums--for millennia the human mind has found such knotty logical problems both perplexing and irresistible. Now Roy Sorensen offers the first narrative history of paradoxes, a fascinating and eye-opening account that extends from the ancient Greeks, through the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, and into the twentieth century. When Augustine asked what God was doing before He made the world, he was told: "Preparing hell for people who ask questions like that." A Brief History of the Paradox takes a close look at "questions like that" and the philosophers who have asked them, beginning with the folk riddles that inspired Anaximander to erect the first metaphysical system and ending with such thinkers as Lewis Carroll, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and W.V. Quine. Organized chronologically, the book is divided into twenty-four chapters, each of which pairs a philosopher with a major paradox, allowing for extended consideration and putting a human face on the strategies that have been taken toward these puzzles. Readers get to follow the minds of Zeno, Socrates, Aquinas, Ockham, Pascal, Kant, Hegel, and many other major philosophers deep inside the tangles of paradox, looking for, and sometimes finding, a way out. Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A Brief History of the Paradox will appeal to anyone who finds trying to answer unanswerable questions a paradoxically pleasant endeavor.
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$1.53 used (93% off) $6.31 new (69% off) $15.91 direct from Amazon (21% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BC199.P2.S67 2003|
|ISBN(s)||0195179862 0195159039 9780195159035 9780195179866|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Roy Sorensen (2007). Bald-Faced Lies! Lying Without the Intent to Deceive By. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 88 (2):251-264.
Francesco Berto (2008). Adynaton and Material Exclusion. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 86 (2):165 – 190.
Brian Kim (2015). This Paper Surely Contains Some Errors. Philosophical Studies 172 (4):1013-1029.
Carl Hooper (2007). Koan Zen and Wittgenstein's Only Correct Method in Philosophy. Asian Philosophy 17 (3):283 – 292.
Roy Sorensen (2005). A Reply to Critics. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 71 (3):712-728.
Similar books and articles
Roy T. Cook (2011). The No-No Paradox Is a Paradox. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (3):467-482.
William Poundstone (1988). Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge. Anchor Books.
Kevin Scharp (2007). Alethic Vengeance. In J. C. Beall (ed.), Revenge of the Liar: New Essays on the Paradox. Oxford University Press
Saul Smilansky (2007). Moral Paradoxes. Blackwell Pub..
Saul Smilansky (2007). 10 Moral Paradoxes. Blackwell Pub..
Dustin Tucker & Richmond H. Thomason (2011). Paradoxes of Intensionality. Review of Symbolic Logic 4 (3):394-411.
Keith Simmons (2005). A Berry and a Russell Without Self-Reference. Philosophical Studies 126 (2):253 - 261.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads70 ( #61,198 of 1,907,278 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #108,771 of 1,907,278 )
How can I increase my downloads?