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A Brief History of the Paradox By Roy Sorensen (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College)

A Brief History of the Paradox by Roy Sorensen (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College)

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Covers the entire history of philosophy, from the Greeks, through the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, and the twentieth century, showing how individual philosophers have each grappled with a particular paradox

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A Brief History of the Paradox: Philosophy and the Labyrinths of the Mind by Roy Sorensen (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College)

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.

A Brief History of the Paradox Reviews

...one might perhaps think of Sorensen's book as a philosophical entertainment ... a raconteur * W.D. Hart, Mind *

About Roy Sorensen (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College)

Roy Sorensen is Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College.

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GOR011052262
9780195179866
0195179862
A Brief History of the Paradox: Philosophy and the Labyrinths of the Mind by Roy Sorensen (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College)
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Oxford University Press Inc
2005-02-10
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