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By Roy Sorensen

Can God create a stone too heavy for him to boost? Can time have a starting? Which got here first, the poultry or the egg? Riddles, paradoxes, conundrums--for millennia the human brain has discovered such knotty logical difficulties either puzzling and irresistible.
Now Roy Sorensen bargains the 1st narrative background of paradoxes, a desirable and eye-opening account that extends from the traditional Greeks, throughout the center a long time, the Enlightenment, and into the 20 th century. while Augustine requested what God was once doing prior to He made the area, he used to be informed: "Preparing hell for those who ask questions like that." A short heritage of the Paradox takes a detailed examine "questions like that" and the philosophers who've requested them, starting with the folks riddles that encouraged Anaximander to erect the 1st metaphysical process 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 an incredible paradox, taking into account prolonged attention and placing a human face at the techniques which were 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, searching for, and infrequently discovering, a fashion out.
Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A short historical past of the Paradox will attract somebody who unearths attempting to solution unanswerable questions a ironically friendly endeavor.

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