Paradoxes / Edition 3

Paradoxes / Edition 3

by R. M. Sainsbury
     
 

A paradox can be defined as an unacceptable conclusion derived by apparently acceptable reasoning from apparently acceptable premises. Unlike party puzzles or brain teasers, many paradoxes raise serious philosophical problems, and they are associated with crises of thought and revolutionary advances. The expanded and revised third edition of this intriguing book… See more details below

Overview

A paradox can be defined as an unacceptable conclusion derived by apparently acceptable reasoning from apparently acceptable premises. Unlike party puzzles or brain teasers, many paradoxes raise serious philosophical problems, and they are associated with crises of thought and revolutionary advances. The expanded and revised third edition of this intriguing book considers a range of knotty paradoxes including Zeno's paradoxical claim that the runner can never overtake the tortoise, a new chapter on paradoxes about morals, paradoxes about belief, and, hardest of all, paradoxes about truth. The discussion uses a minimum of technicality but also grapples with complicated and difficult considerations, and is accompanied by helpful questions designed to engage the reader with the arguments. The result is not only an explanation of paradoxes but also an excellent introduction to philosophical thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521720793
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
190
Sales rank:
389,993
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the third edition

Introduction

Suggested Reading

1 Zeno's paradoxes: space, time, and motion

2 Moral paradoxes

3 Vagueness: the paradox of the heap

4 Acting rationally

5 Believing rationally

6 Classes and truth

7 Are there any contradicitons

App. 1 Some more paradoxes

App. 2 Remarks in some text questions and appended paradoxes

Bibliography

Index

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