A cabinet of philosophical curiosities: a collection of by Roy Sorensen

A cabinet of philosophical curiosities: a collection of by Roy Sorensen

By Roy Sorensen

"A cupboard of Philosophical Curiosities is a colourful selection of puzzles and paradoxes, either old and modern, via thinker Roy Sorensen. Taking idea from Ian Stewart's Professor Stewart's cupboard of Mathematical Curiosities, which assembled fascinating "maths" from outdoor the study room right into a miscellany of marvels, those puzzles are able to be loved independently yet achieve mutual support Read more...

summary: "A cupboard of Philosophical Curiosities is a colourful choice of puzzles and paradoxes, either historic and modern, by way of thinker Roy Sorensen. Taking proposal from Ian Stewart's Professor Stewart's cupboard of Mathematical Curiosities, which assembled attention-grabbing "maths" from open air the school room right into a miscellany of marvels, those puzzles are able to be loved independently yet achieve mutual aid whilst learn in clusters. the amount levels from uncomplicated examples to anomalous anomalies, considers information that turns out to verify a generalization whereas decreasing its likelihood, and argues that we're doomed to think infinitely many contradictions-and that the soreness of contradictions might be profoundly stimulating. inside of this ebook you are going to research of John Eck, who debated Luther in 1519. He devised a series of contracts that sidestepped usury legislation, and German bankers made a fortune from this Triple agreement. Sorensen additionally recounts how Voltaire set himself up for all times by means of exploiting a fallacy within the building of a Parisian lottery. there's common sense for altruists, too. you can find how normal Benjamin Butler used other-centric reasoning to guard runaway slaves. There are historic snapshots of common sense in motion, and the publication comprises tributes to Lewis Carroll, Arthur previous, and Peter Geach. as well as brief essays, there are dialogues, treatments and insults."--Goodreads.com

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Each day I will open by rolling a die. ’ Today, Monday, a six came up. So you are taking a quiz. ’ Enforcing Gresham’s Law16 April 1, 1965. Someone has played a trick on you! You have been collecting American silver quarters. Prior to 1965 they were made of 90% silver. You hoped that their value would increase. ) After 1964, quarters are made of nickel and copper. You can tell the difference by looking at the edge – which is all silver for silver quarters. Queen Elizabeth asked Sir Thomas Gresham why the old English shilling was disappearing after a debased shilling was substituted.

Instead of flipping a coin, choose from a deck of cards. If the card is red, my wife washes. If the card is black, I wash. Since the card does not return to the deck, the washer has a lower chance of being selected on the next round. And both parties are guaranteed to wash an equal number of times. Cards are fairer than coins. Coins provide a fair process but fail to ensure a fair result. The belief that just processes ensure just results is important to political philosophers who reject the principle that the end justifies the means.

If thinking implies existence, then it does follow that not thinking implies non-existence. – Michael Stueben and Diane Sandford, Twenty Years before the Blackboard, p. 98 fn. 14 For a mind, to be is to think. So necessarily, if I exist, I think. I am; I exist – this is certain. But for how long? For as long as I am thinking; for perhaps it could also come to pass that if I were to cease all thinking I would then utterly cease to exist. At this time I admit nothing that is not necessarily true.

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