By Roy Sorensen

Can God create a stone too heavy for him to boost? Can time have a starting? Which got here first, the fowl or the egg? Riddles, paradoxes, conundrums--for millennia the human brain has stumbled on such knotty logical difficulties either difficult 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, in the course of the center a long time, the Enlightenment, and into the 20th century. while Augustine requested what God used to be doing prior to He made the realm, he used to be instructed: "Preparing hell for those that ask questions like that." A short background of the Paradox takes a detailed examine "questions like that" and the philosophers who've requested them, starting with the people riddles that encouraged Anaximander to erect the 1st metaphysical approach and finishing with such thinkers as Lewis Carroll, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and W.V. Quine. equipped chronologically, the ebook is split into twenty-four chapters, every one of which pairs a thinker with an immense paradox, taking into account prolonged attention and placing a human face at the innovations which have been taken towards those puzzles. Readers get to stick with the minds of Zeno, Socrates, Aquinas, Ockham, Pascal, Kant, Hegel, and plenty of different significant philosophers deep contained in the tangles of paradox, searching for, and occasionally discovering, a fashion out.
Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A short heritage of the Paradox will attract someone who unearths attempting to solution unanswerable questions a sarcastically friendly endeavor.

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