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By Roy Sorensen

Can God create a stone too heavy for him to raise? Can time have a starting? Which got here first, the poultry or the egg? Riddles, paradoxes, conundrums--for millennia the human brain has stumbled on such knotty logical difficulties either complicated and irresistible.
Now Roy Sorensen deals the 1st narrative historical past of paradoxes, a desirable and eye-opening account that extends from the traditional Greeks, throughout the center a while, the Enlightenment, and into the 20 th century. while Augustine requested what God was once doing ahead of He made the realm, he used to be advised: "Preparing hell for those who ask questions like that." A short heritage of the Paradox takes an in depth 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. equipped chronologically, the publication is split into twenty-four chapters, every one of which pairs a thinker with a tremendous paradox, taking into account prolonged attention and placing a human face at the thoughts which have been taken towards those puzzles. Readers get to persist 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 manner out.
Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A short historical past of the Paradox will entice somebody who reveals attempting to resolution unanswerable questions a ironically friendly endeavor.

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