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 difficult and irresistible.
Now Roy Sorensen deals the 1st narrative background 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 20 th century. while Augustine requested what God used to be doing ahead of He made the realm, he used to be advised: "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 people riddles that encouraged Anaximander to erect the 1st metaphysical procedure and finishing with such thinkers as Lewis Carroll, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and W.V. Quine. prepared chronologically, the booklet is split into twenty-four chapters, every one of which pairs a thinker with a massive paradox, bearing in mind prolonged attention and placing a human face at the recommendations 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 occasionally discovering, a fashion out.
Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A short background of the Paradox will entice an individual who unearths attempting to resolution unanswerable questions a ironically friendly endeavor.

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