Paradoxes from A to Z / Edition 2

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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 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: 9780415420839
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Clark is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is editor of the leading journal Analysis, and has published widely in a variety of areas, including philosophical logic and the philosophy of law.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to The Second Edition     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgements     xiii
Achilles and the Tortoise     1
Allais' Paradox     5
The Paradox of Analysis     9
The Arrow     11
The Barber Shop Paradox     13
Berry's Paradox     18
Bertrand's Box Paradox     20
Bertrand's (Chord) Paradox     22
The Paradox of Blackmail     25
The Bridge     28
Buridan's Ass     30
The Cable Guy Paradox     32
Cantor's Paradox     34
The Paradox of the Charitable Trust     42
The Chicken and the Egg     44
Curry's Paradox     46
The Paradox of Democracy     48
The Designated Student     51
The Paradox of Deterrence     52
The Eclipse Paradox     55
The Paradox of Entailment     58
The Paradox of Fiction     62
The Paradox of Foreknowledge     65
Galileo's Paradox     68
The Gentle Murder Paradox     73
The Paradox of the Gods     75
Grue (Goodman's 'New Riddle of Induction')     77
The Heap     80
Heraclitus' Paradox     88
Heterological     91
Hilbert's Hotel     94
The Indy Paradox     95
The Paradox of Inference     97
The Paradox of Interesting Numbers     100
The Paradox of Jurisdiction     102
The Paradox of Knowability     105
The Knower     107
The Lawyer     109
The Liar     112
The Lottery     120
Lycan's Paradox     124
The Paradox of the Many     125
The Monty Hall Paradox     127
Moore's Paradox     130
Moral Luck     135
The Paradox of the Muddy Children     138
Newcomb's Problem     142
The Numbered Balls     147
The Paradox of Omniscience     149
Paradox     151
The Parrondo Paradox     155
The Placebo Paradox     158
The Paradox of Plurality     160
The Prediction Paradox     164
The Preface     166
The Paradox of Preference     169
Prisoners' Dilemma     172
The Paradox of the Question     176
Quinn's Paradox     179
The Racecourse     181
The Rakehell     183
The Paradox of the Ravens     185
Richard's Paradox     188
Russell's Paradox     190
The St Petersburg Paradox     196
The Self-Amendment Paradox     200
Self-deception     203
Self-fulfilling Belief     207
The Ship of Theseus     209
Simpson's Paradox     212
The Sleeping Beauty     215
The Paradox of Soundness     218
The Spaceship     219
The Toxin Paradox     220
The Paradox of Tragedy     222
The Tristram Shandy     224
The Trojan Fly     225
The Two-envelope Paradox     227
The Unexpected Examination     231
The Paradox of Validity     234
The Paradox of Voting     236
Wang's Paradox     238
The Xenophobic Paradox     239
Yablo's Paradox     242
Zeno's Paradoxes     245
Index     247
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