4th Edition

101 Philosophy Problems





ISBN 9780415635745
Published April 2, 2013 by Routledge
304 Pages

USD $26.95

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Book Description

Does Farmer Field really know his prize cow, Daisy, is in the field? When is an unexpected exam not wholly unexpected? Are all bachelors (really) unmarried? Martin Cohen's 101 Philosophy Problems, Fourth Edition introduces philosophy in an entertaining but informative and stimulating way. Using philosophical puzzles, conundrums and paradoxes he skilfully unwraps some of the mysteries of the subject, from what we know - or think we know - to brainteasing thought experiments about ethics, science and the nature of the mind.

For the Fourth Edition there are many new problems, including Maxwell's Moving Magnets, Einstein Changes Train Times, and Zeno's Paradox of Place; as well as two brand new sections including puzzles such as Lorenz's Waterywheel, and the Battle for Fractal Farm, and perplexing ethical dilemmas. The book has been extensively revised to bring it up to date with new developments in philosophy and society.

With an updated glossary of helpful terms and possible solutions to the problems at the end of the book, 101 Philosophy Problems is essential reading for anyone coming to philosophy for the first time.

Table of Contents

Forward! To the Fourth Edition  How to Use This Book  1. The Cow in the Field  2. The Raven  3. Descartes’ Big One  4. The Hanging Judge  5. The Hairdresser  6. The Tuck Shop Dilemma  7. Protagoras’ Problem  8. The Unexpected Exam  9. Sorites  10. A Problem Arranging Ship Battles  11. Flight 999  12. The Plank of Carneades  13. The Dodgy Donor Clinic  14. The Famous Footbridge Dilemma  15. A not-very Classical Musical Dilemma  16. Whose Baby?  17. Potentially a Problem  18. Kidnapped! Part I  19. Kidnapped! Part II  20. The Tortoise  21. The Bent Coin Problem  22. The Infinite Hotel  23. Zeno's Paradox of Place  24. Poincaré’s Problem  25. The Mysterious Triangle  26. The Fern  27. Fakes and Forgeries  28. Flash Bagman  29. A Problem buying Stamps and Potatoes parts I and II  30. Problems with Standards  31. A bit of Exploitation  32. Swampy Things  33. The X-perience Machine  34. The Power of Partiality  35. Against Impartiality  36. The Superior Power of Self-interest  37. The Half-Brain problem  38. Only John King!  39. The Materialisation of Katie King  40. The Blobs  41. Cube/ Triangle  42. Figure/Ground reversal  43. False Leg  44. Mobius Strip  45-56. 12 Traditional Philosophy Problems No One Cares About Anyway  57. Potty Thought Experiments  58. What Happens After the Sun Goes Out  59. Galileo's (Gravitational ) Balls  60. Maxwell 's Moving Magnets  61. Einstein Changes the Train Times  62. Schrodinger’s Cat  63. Deep Thought  64. Deeper Thought  65. The Dog and the Professor  66. A Relative Problem  67. New Diktatia part I  68. New Diktatia part II  69. New Diktatia part III  70. The Dissonance of the $1 Volunteers  71. Devil’s Chemists  72. The Turtle  73.Daytime or Nighttime  74. But will the Waterfall?  75. The Architect’s Secret  76. Smaller and smaller  77. The Three Hares Illusion  78.The Evangelist  79. The Hate Preacher  80-89. The Vicar’s Tea Party (ten short problems)  90. The Battle for Fractal Farm  91. Lorenz’s Waterywheel  92. Statistics in the Firing Line  93. The Amazing Run of Luck  94. Mind’s Eye  95. Pain is Good  96. Greed is Good  97. Sleeping Problems  98. Sleeping Man  99. Simple Universe  100. Problem of How to Get to 101  101. Problem of Existence.  Discussions  Glossary  Index

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Biography

Martin Cohen has established a worldwide reputation as a radical philosopher and unconventional thinker.  He has published many books, which have been translated into around twenty different languages.