Paradoxes from A to Z

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - Philosophy - 282 pages

Paradoxes from A to Z, Third edition is the essential guide to paradoxes, and takes the reader on a lively tour of puzzles that have taxed thinkers from Zeno to Galileo, and Lewis Carroll to Bertrand Russell. Michael Clark uncovers an array of conundrums, such as Achilles and the Tortoise, Theseus’ Ship, and the Prisoner’s Dilemma, taking in subjects as diverse as knowledge, science, art and politics. Clark discusses each paradox in non-technical terms, considering its significance and looking at likely solutions.

This third edition is revised throughout, and adds nine new paradoxes that have important bearings in areas such as law, logic, ethics and probability.

Paradoxes from A to Z, Third edition is an ideal starting point for those interested not just in philosophical puzzles and conundrums, but anyone seeking to hone their thinking skills.

 

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Contents

Achilles and the Tortoise
1
Allais Paradox
5
The Paradox of Analysis
9
The Arrow
11
The Barber Shop Paradox
13
Berrys Paradox
18
Bertrands Box Paradox
20
Bertrands Chord Paradox
22
Murder
148
Newcombs Problem
150
The Numbered Balls
155
The Paradox of Omniscience
157
Paradox
159
The Parrondo Paradox
163
The Pasedena Paradox
166
Pascals Wager
170

The Paradox of Blackmail
25
The Bridge
28
Buridans Ass
30
The Cable Guy Paradox
32
Cantors Paradox
34
The Paradox of the Charitable Trust
42
The Chicken and the Egg
44
Currys Paradox
46
The Paradox of Democracy
48
The Designated Student
51
The Paradox of Deterrence
52
The Dr Psycho Paradox
55
The Eclipse Paradox
58
The Paradox of Entailment
61
The Paradox of Fiction
65
The Paradox of Foreknowledge
68
The Paradox of Future Generations
71
Galileos Paradox
74
The Gentle Murder Paradox
79
The Paradox of the Gods
81
Grue Goodmans New Riddle of Induction
83
The Heap
86
Heraclitus Paradox
94
Heterological
97
Hilberts Hotel
100
The Indy Paradox
101
The Paradox of Inference
103
The Paradox of Interesting Numbers
106
The Paradox of Jurisdiction
108
The Paradox of Knowability
111
The Knower
113
The Lawyer
115
The Liar
118
The Lottery
126
Lycans Paradox
130
The Paradox of the Many
131
The Monty Hall Paradox
133
Moores Paradox
136
Moral Luck
141
The Paradox of the Muddy Children
144
The Placebo Paradox
172
The Paradox of Plurality
174
The Poison Hypothetical
178
The Prediction Paradox
180
The Preface
182
The Paradox of Preference
185
Prisoners Dilemma
188
The Prosecutors Fallacy
192
The Paradox of the Question
194
Quinns Paradox
197
The Racecourse
199
The Rakehell
201
The Paradox of the Ravens
203
The Red Taxi Paradox
206
Richards Paradox
209
Russells Paradox
211
The St Petersburg Paradox
217
The SelfAmendment Paradox
221
Selfdeception
224
Selffulfilling Belief
228
The Ship of Theseus
230
Simpsons Paradox
233
The Sleeping Beauty
236
The Paradox of Soundness
239
The Spaceship
240
The Toxin Paradox
241
The Paradox of Tragedy
243
The Tristram Shandy
245
The Trojan Fly
246
The Trolley Problem
248
The Twoenvelope Paradox
252
The Unexpected Examination
256
The Paradox of Validity
259
The Paradox of Voting
261
Wangs Paradox
263
The Xenophobic Paradox
264
Yablos Paradox
267
Zenos Paradoxes
270
Index
271
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Michael Clark is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is editor of the leading journal Analysis, and has published widely in a variety of areas, including philosophical logic and the philosophy of law.

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