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By Roy Sorensen

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ISBN-13: 9780195179866

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 difficult and irresistible.
Now Roy Sorensen bargains the 1st narrative historical past of paradoxes, a desirable and eye-opening account that extends from the traditional Greeks, in the course of the heart a while, the Enlightenment, and into the 20 th century. while Augustine requested what God was once doing sooner than He made the area, he was once advised: "Preparing hell for those that ask questions like that." A short background of the Paradox takes a detailed examine "questions like that" and the philosophers who've requested them, starting with the people riddles that encouraged Anaximander to erect the 1st metaphysical procedure and finishing with such thinkers as Lewis Carroll, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and W.V. Quine. prepared chronologically, the publication is split into twenty-four chapters, every one of which pairs a thinker with a big paradox, making an allowance for prolonged attention and placing a human face at the suggestions which have been 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 infrequently discovering, a fashion out.
Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A short historical past of the Paradox will attract a person who reveals attempting to solution unanswerable questions a sarcastically friendly endeavor.

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