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By Roy Sorensen

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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 puzzling and irresistible.
Now Roy Sorensen bargains the 1st narrative historical past of paradoxes, a desirable and eye-opening account that extends from the traditional Greeks, during the center a long time, the Enlightenment, and into the 20th century. whilst Augustine requested what God used to be doing prior to He made the area, he used to be advised: "Preparing hell for those that ask questions like that." A short background 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 method and finishing with such thinkers as Lewis Carroll, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and W.V. Quine. prepared chronologically, the e-book is split into twenty-four chapters, each one of which pairs a thinker with a tremendous paradox, taking into account prolonged attention and placing a human face at the concepts which were taken towards those puzzles. Readers get to persist with the minds of Zeno, Socrates, Aquinas, Ockham, Pascal, Kant, Hegel, and plenty of different significant philosophers deep contained in the tangles of paradox, trying to find, and occasionally discovering, a manner out.
Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A short historical past of the Paradox will entice somebody who unearths attempting to resolution unanswerable questions a satirically friendly endeavor.

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