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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 fowl or the egg? Riddles, paradoxes, conundrums--for millennia the human brain has came upon 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, in the course of the center a long time, the Enlightenment, and into the 20th century. while Augustine requested what God was once doing earlier than He made the realm, he was once informed: "Preparing hell for those who ask questions like that." A short historical past 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. geared up chronologically, the e-book is split into twenty-four chapters, each one of which pairs a thinker with a big paradox, taking into account prolonged attention and placing a human face at the concepts which were taken towards those puzzles. Readers get to keep on 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 manner out.
Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A short background of the Paradox will entice a person who unearths attempting to solution unanswerable questions a sarcastically friendly endeavor.

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