March 2013, Polity
In this volume Roy T Cook provides a sophisticated, yet accessible and entertaining, introduction to the study of paradoxes, one that includes a detailed examination of a wide variety of paradoxes. The book is organized around four important types of paradox: the semantic paradoxes involving truth, the set-theoretic paradoxes involving arbitrary collections of objects, the Soritical paradoxes involving vague concepts, and the epistemic paradoxes involving knowledge and belief. In each of these cases, Cook frames the discussion in terms of four different approaches one might take towards solving such paradoxes. Each chapter concludes with a number of exercises that illustrate the philosophical arguments and logical concepts involved in the paradoxes.
Paradoxes is the ideal introduction to the topic and will be a valuable resource for scholars and students in a wide variety of disciplines who wish to understand the important role that paradoxes have played, and continue to play, in contemporary philosophy.
1 The Care and Feeding of your New Paradoxes 9
2 The Truth about Truth 30
3 The Title of this Chapter Will Have its Revenge 62
4 Some Collections are Bigger and Badder than Others 91
5 Bald, Not Bald, and Kinda Bald 128
6 What We Know about What We Know 156
Conclusion: Many Paradoxes, One Solution? 186
Roy T. Cook is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department of the University of Minnesota.
- This is the next book in the Key Concepts in Philosophy series focusing on the core and difficult topic of paradoxes.
- An accessible and entertaining introduction to the study of paradoxes, in which the author provides a detailed examination of a wide variety of paradoxes.
- He concentrates on four types of paradoxes: the semantic paradoxes involving truth, the set-theoretic paradoxes involving arbitrary collections of objects, the Soritical paradoxes involving vague concepts, and the epistemic paradoxes involving knowledge and belief.
- Also includes helpful exercises and further reading sections at the end of each chapter.
"The Liar Paradox and the Sorites Paradox were discovered by the
Ancient Greek thinker Eubulides. Two and a half thousand years
later, we have a much deeper understanding of these paradoxes,
their neighbours, and their importance, but there is still no
consensus on how they should be solved. Roy Cook’s book
explains current thinking on these matters in a clear,
knowledgeable, and easy-going way. He has fashioned an excellent
introduction to this intriguing area of thought."
Graham Priest, University of Melbourne
"Paradoxes can be the springboard of profound discovery. This
book presents paradoxes that matter, and explains why and how they
matter. And the book does it all in a user-friendly style that's
enjoyable to read. And what's more: the book is reliable, written
by one of the leading researchers on the topic. This book is
henceforth on my list of required readings for anyone looking to
study the philosophy of logic or the interplay of paradoxes, logic,
and philosophy generally. It's a great accomplishment by one of
today's exciting philosophers."
JC Beall, University of Connecticut