ISBN-10: 0521720796

ISBN-13: 9780521720793

Edition: 3rd 2008

Authors: R. M. Sainsbury

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A paradox can be defined as an unacceptable conclusion derived by apparently acceptable reasoning from apparently acceptable premises. Many paradoxes raise serious philosophical problems, and they are associated with crises of thought and revolutionary advances. The expanded and revised third edition of this intriguing book considers a range of knotty paradoxes including Zeno's paradoxical claim that the runner can never overtake the tortoise, a new chapter on paradoxes about morals, paradoxes about belief, and hardest of all, paradoxes about truth. The discussion uses a minimum of technicality but also grapples with complicated and difficult considerations, and is accompanied by helpful questions designed to engage the reader with the arguments. The result is not only an explanation of paradoxes but also an excellent introduction to philosophical thinking.
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List price: $35.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/19/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Foreword to third edition
Suggested reading
Zeno's paradoxes: space, time, and motion
The Racetrack
The Racetrack again
Achilles and the Tortoise
The Arrow
Suggested reading
Moral paradoxes
Crime Reduction
Mixed Blessings
Not Being Sorry
Moral dilemmas
Suggested reading
Vagueness: the paradox of the heap
Sorites paradoxes: preliminaries
Sorites paradoxes: some options
Accepting the conclusion: Unger's view
Rejecting the premises: the epistemic theory
Rejecting the premises: supervaluations
Rejecting the reasoning: degrees of truth
Vague objects?
Suggested reading
Acting rationally
Newcomb's paradox
The Prisoner's Dilemma
Suggested reading
Believing rationally
Paradoxes of confirmation
The paradox of the Ravens
The Unexpected Examination
Revising the Unexpected Examination
The Knower
Suggested reading
Classes and truth
Russell's paradox
The Liar: semantic defects
Grounding and truth
The Strengthened Liar
Indexical circularity
Comparison: how similar are Russell's paradox and the Liar?
Suggested reading
Are any contradictions acceptable?
Contradictions entail everything
A sentence which is both true and false could have no intelligible content
Three dualities
Falsehood and untruth
Suggested reading
Some more paradoxes
Remarks on some text questions and appended paradoxes
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