296 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Foreword to the Third Edition  1. Achilles and the Tortoise  2. Allais’ Paradox  3. The Paradox of Analysis  4. The Arrow  5. The Barber Shop Paradox  6. Berry’s Paradox  7. Bertrand’s Box Paradox  8. Bertrand’s (Chord) Paradox  9. The Paradox of Blackmail  10. The Bridge  11. Buridan’s Ass  12. The Cable Guy Paradox  13. Cantor’s Paradox  14. The Paradox of the Charitable Trust  15. The Chicken and the Egg  16. Curry’s Paradox  17. The Paradox of Democracy  18. The Designated Student  19. The Paradox of Deterrence  20. The Dr. Psycho Paradox  21. The Eclipse Paradox  22. The Paradox of Entailment  23. The Paradox of Fiction  24. The Paradox of Foreknowledge  25. The Paradox of Future Generations  26. Galileo’s Paradox  27. The Gentle Murder Paradox  28. The Paradox of the Gods  29. Grue (Goodman’s ‘New Riddle of Induction’)  30. The Heap  31. Heraclitus’ Paradox  32. Heterological  33. Hilbert’s Hotel  34. The Indy Paradox  35. The Paradox of Inference  36. The Paradox of Interesting Numbers  37. The Paradox of Jurisdiction  38. The Paradox of Knowability  39. The Knower  40. The Lawyer  41. The Liar  42. The Lottery  43. Lycan’s Paradox  44. The Paradox of the Many  45. The Monty Hall Paradox  46. Moore’s Paradox  47. Moral Luck  48. The Paradox of the Muddy Children  49. Murder  50. Newcomb’s Problem  51. The Numbered Balls  52. The Paradox of Omniscience  53. Paradox  54. The Parrondo Paradox  55. The Pasadena Paradox  56. Pascal’s Wager  57. The Placebo Paradox  58. The Paradox of Plurality  59. The Poison Hypothetical  60. The Prediction Paradox  61. The Preface  62. The Paradox of Preference  63. Prisoner’s Dilemma  64. The Prosecutor’s Fallacy  65. The Paradox of the Question  66. Quinn’s Paradox  67. The Racecourse  68. The Rakehell  69. The Paradox of the Ravens  70. The Red Taxi Paradox  71. Richard’s Paradox  72. Russell’s Paradox  73. The St Petersburg Paradox  74. The Self-Amendment Paradox  75. Self-deception  76. Self-fulfilling Belief  77. The Ship of Theseus  78. Simpson’s Paradox  79. The Sleeping Beauty  80. The Paradox of Soundness  81. The Spaceship  82. The Toxin Paradox  83. The Paradox of Tragedy  84. The Tristram Shandy  85. The Trojan Fly  86. The Trolley Problem  87. The Two-Envelope Paradox  88. The Unexpected Examination  89. The Paradox of Validity  90. The Paradox of Voting  91. Wang’s Paradox  92. The Xenophobic Paradox  93. Yablo’s Paradox  94. Zeno’s Paradoxes.  Index


    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.

    Praise for previous editions:

    ‘Self-contained courses in paradox are not usually taught as part of a philosophy degree. There is good reason for thinking they should be, and this book would make the ideal text for just such a course.’ – Times Higher Education Supplement

    ‘Clark’s survey is an entertaining junkshop of mind-troubling problems.’ – The Guardian

    Paradoxes from A to Z is a clear, well-written and philosophically reliable introduction to a range of paradoxes. It is the perfect reference book for anyone interested in this area of philosophy.’ – Nigel Warburton, author of Philosophy: The Basics

    ‘An excellent book … Clark’s masterful discussion makes this one of the best general introductions to paradoxes.’ – James Cargile, University of Virginia, USA

    ‘Very well done … a useful complement to the existing literature.’ – Alan Weir, University of Glasgow, UK