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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 stumbled on such knotty logical difficulties either puzzling and irresistible.
Now Roy Sorensen bargains the 1st narrative heritage 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 20 th century. while Augustine requested what God used to be 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 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 procedure and finishing with such thinkers as Lewis Carroll, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and W.V. Quine. equipped chronologically, the e-book is split into twenty-four chapters, every one of which pairs a thinker with a tremendous paradox, bearing in mind prolonged attention and placing a human face at the options which have been taken towards those puzzles. Readers get to persist 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 entice somebody who reveals attempting to resolution unanswerable questions a sarcastically friendly endeavor.

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