Paradoxes from A to Z

Author(s): Michael Clark


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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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

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.

Foreword Preface 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. A Paradox of Murder 50. Newcomb's Problem 51. The Numbered Balls 52. The Paradox of Omniscience 53. Paradox 54. The Parrondo Paradox 55. The Placebo Paradox 56. The Pasadena Paradox 57. The Paradox of Plurality 58. The Poison Hypothetical 59. The Prediction Paradox 60. The Preface 61. The Paradox of Preference 62. Prisoners' Dilemma 63. The Prosecutor's Fallacy 64. The Paradox of the Question 65. Quinn's paradox 66. The Racecourse 67. The Rakehell 68. Paradox of the Ravens 69. The Red Taxi Paradox 70. Richard's Paradox 71. Russell's Paradox 72. The St Petersburg Paradox 73. The Self-Amendment Paradox 74. Self-deception 75. Self-fulfilling Belief 76. The Ship of Theseus 77. Simpson's Paradox 78. The Sleeping Beauty 79. The Paradox of Soundness 80. The Spaceship 81. The Toxin Paradox 82. The Paradox of Tragedy 83. The Tristram Shandy 84. The Trojan Fly 85. The Twins' Paradox 86. The Two-envelope Paradox 87. The Unexpected Examination 88. The Paradox of Validity 89. The Paradox of Voting 90. Wang's Paradox 91. The Xenophobic Paradox 92. Yablo's Paradox 93. Zeno's Paradoxes. Index

General Fields

  • : 9780415538572
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : Routledge
  • : August 2012
  • : 216mm X 138mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Illustrations
  • : 288
  • : 165
  • : 3rd Revised edition
  • : Paperback
  • : Michael Clark