Insurmountable Simplicities: Thirty-nine Philosophical Conundrums

Insurmountable Simplicities: Thirty-nine Philosophical Conundrums

by Roberto Casati, Achille Varzi


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ISBN-13: 9780231137232
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 03/03/2008
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.29(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Roberto Casati is research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris. He is the author of The Shadow Club and (with Achille Varzi) Parts and Places: The Structures of Spatial Representation and Holes and Other Superficialities.

Achille Varzi is professor of philosophy at Columbia University. In addition to the books coauthored with Casati, he is the author of several volumes, including An Essay in Universal Semantics and Theory and Problems of Logic.

Table of Contents

Room 88
About a Useless Project
The Poet as a Young Man
The Chain of Events Leading Up to the Goal
Zombie, Inc. Sleeping Pills
Partial Amnesia
Person Transplant
My Ice Cream, Your Ice Cream
Playing Lotto in Reverse City
Lucky Numbers
The Invisible Disorder
A Missive from the Bell-Ringer
Sparkling Bubbles
Dates of Birth
Four-Seasons Island
Lost Beauty Spots
Hic Sunt Leones
The Last Case of the President of Amoebas
The Hidden Statue
A Cupboard in Pieces
Holter Monitor
Row 13
Train Cancelled
The Intelligent Dictionary
The Traveler's Pictionary
Ink Marks
Forced Choices
What Does the Majority Want?
Law Number One
Proud To Be Third
The Placebo Effect
Self-Reference Self-Explained
The Surprise Visit
A Risky Cake
Universal Acid

What People are Saying About This

Roy Sorensen

Entry into the Houses of Philosophy is traditionally ponderous. As a kind of after-hours lark, Casati and Varzi slip you through unnoticed basement windows. In and out you go, from surface to depth, from depth to surface, finding yourself in Metaphysics or Aesthetics or Logic or Epistemology from an unauthorized perspective. The approach is bottom-up, the style is light-hearted, and the result educational. Philosophy needs more trespassers.

Roy Sorensen, professor of philosophy at Dartmouth College, author of Thought Experiments and A Brief History of the Paradox

Marco Aiello

These stories are a colorful incarnation of philosophical concepts or paradoxes embedded in everyday life situations. It is not a random collection of stories, rather it is a systematic enterprise in which we find fresh episodes that help us understand the implications of philosophical concepts.

Marco Aiello, Vienna University of Technology and University of Trento

Hud Hudson

A beautifully written, charming, accessible, and yet rigorous invitation to consider a number of challenging and delightful philosophical puzzles and themes.

Hud Hudson, Western Washington University, author of The Metaphysics of Hyperspace

Mario De Caro

These internationally well-known authors have a remarkable ability to make difficult philosophical and scientific issues palatable for the general public. They avoid ornaments that could distract readers and philosophical points emerge very clearly and with great immediacy.

Mario De Caro, Università Roma Tre, coeditor of Naturalism in Question

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