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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 fowl or the egg? Riddles, paradoxes, conundrums--for millennia the human brain has chanced on such knotty logical difficulties either complicated and irresistible.
Now Roy Sorensen bargains the 1st narrative heritage of paradoxes, a desirable and eye-opening account that extends from the traditional Greeks, throughout the heart a long time, the Enlightenment, and into the 20 th century. while Augustine requested what God used to be doing earlier than He made the area, he used to be informed: "Preparing hell for those that 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 folks riddles that encouraged Anaximander to erect the 1st metaphysical approach and finishing with such thinkers as Lewis Carroll, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and W.V. Quine. prepared chronologically, the publication is split into twenty-four chapters, each one of which pairs a thinker with a tremendous paradox, making an allowance for prolonged attention and placing a human face at the concepts which were taken towards those puzzles. Readers get to stick to 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 occasionally discovering, a fashion out.
Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A short background of the Paradox will attract someone who unearths attempting to resolution unanswerable questions a mockingly friendly endeavor.

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