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This essential guide to paradoxes takes the reader on a lively tour of puzzles that have taxed thinkers from Zeno to Galileo and Lewis Carroll to Bertrand Russell. Michael Clark uncovers an array of conundrums, such as Achilles and the Tortoise, Theseus' Ship, Hempel's Raven, and the Prisoners' Dilemma, taking in subjects as diverse as knowledge, ethics, science, art and politics. Clark discusses each paradox in non-technical terms, considering its significance and looking at likely solutions. He also includes a ...
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Paradoxes from A to Z

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Overview

This essential guide to paradoxes takes the reader on a lively tour of puzzles that have taxed thinkers from Zeno to Galileo and Lewis Carroll to Bertrand Russell. Michael Clark uncovers an array of conundrums, such as Achilles and the Tortoise, Theseus' Ship, Hempel's Raven, and the Prisoners' Dilemma, taking in subjects as diverse as knowledge, ethics, science, art and politics. Clark discusses each paradox in non-technical terms, considering its significance and looking at likely solutions. He also includes a full glossary.
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‘Self-contained courses in paradox are not usually taught as part of a philosophy degree. There is good reason for thinking they should be, and this book would make the ideal text for just such a course.’ – Times Higher Education Supplement

‘Clark’s survey is an entertaining junkshop of mind-troubling problems.’ – The Guardian

Paradoxes from A to Z is a clear, well-written and philosophically reliable introduction to a range of paradoxes. It is the perfect reference book for anyone interested in this area of philosophy.’ – Nigel Warburton, author of Philosophy: The Basics

‘An excellent book … Clark’s masterful discussion makes this one of the best general introductions to paradoxes.’ – James Cargile, University of Virginia, USA

‘Very well done … a useful complement to the existing literature.’ – Alan Weir, University of Glasgow, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203962367
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/10/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 594 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Clark is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, and editor of the journal Analysis. He is an external assessor for Open University.
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Table of Contents

1. Achilles and the Tortoise 2. Allais’ Paradox 3. The Paradox of Analysis 4. The Arrow 5. The Barber Shop Paradox 6. Berry’s Paradox 7. Bertrand’s Box Paradox 8. Bertrand’s (Chord) Paradox 9. The Paradox of Blackmail 10. The Bridge 11. Buridan’s Ass 12. The Cable Guy Paradox 13. Cantor’s Paradox 14. The Paradox of the Charitable Trust 15. The Chicken and the Egg 16. Curry’s Paradox 17. The Paradox of Democracy 18. The Designated Student 19. The Paradox of Deterrence 20. The Eclipse Paradox 21. The Paradox of Entailment 22. The Paradox of Fiction 23. The Paradox of Foreknowledge 24. Galileo’s Paradox 25. The Gentle Murder Paradox 26. The Paradox of the Gods 27. Grue (Goodman’s ‘New Riddle of Induction’) 28. The Heap 29. Heraclitus’ Paradox 30. Heterological 31. Hilbert’s Hotel 32. The Indy Paradox 33. The Paradox of Inference 34. The Paradox of Interesting Numbers 35. The Paradox of Jurisdiction 36. The Paradox of Knowability 37. The Knower 38. The Lawyer 39. The Liar 40. The Lottery 41. Lycan’s Paradox 42. The Paradox of the Many 43. The Monty Hall Paradox 44. Moore’s Paradox 45. Moral Luck 46. The Paradox of the Muddy Children 47. Newcomb’s Problem 48. The Numbered Balls 49. The Paradox of Omniscience 50. Paradox 51. The Parrondo Paradox 52. The Placebo Paradox 53. The Paradox of Plurality 54. The Prediction Paradox 55. The Preface 56. The Paradox of Preference 57. Prisoners’ Dilemma 58. The Paradox of the Question

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