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The Resource A cabinet of philosophical curiosities : a collection of puzzles, oddities, riddles and dilemmas, Roy Sorensen

A cabinet of philosophical curiosities : a collection of puzzles, oddities, riddles and dilemmas, Roy Sorensen

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A cabinet of philosophical curiosities : a collection of puzzles, oddities, riddles and dilemmas
Title
A cabinet of philosophical curiosities
Title remainder
a collection of puzzles, oddities, riddles and dilemmas
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Roy Sorensen
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Language
eng
Summary
"A Cabinet of Philosophical Curiosities is a colorful collection of puzzles and paradoxes, both historical and contemporary, by philosopher Roy Sorensen. Taking inspiration from Ian Stewart's Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, which assembled interesting "maths" from outside the classroom into a miscellany of marvels, these puzzles are ready to be enjoyed independently but gain mutual support when read in clusters. The volume ranges from simple examples to anomalous anomalies, considers data that seems to confirm a generalization while lowering its probability, and argues that we are doomed to believe infinitely many contradictions-and that the pain of contradictions can be profoundly stimulating. Inside this book you will learn of John Eck, who debated Luther in 1519. He devised a sequence of contracts that sidestepped usury laws, and German bankers made a fortune from this Triple Contract. Sorensen also recounts how Voltaire set himself up for life by exploiting a fallacy in the construction of a Parisian lottery. There is logic for altruists, too. You will discover how General Benjamin Butler used other-centric reasoning to protect runaway slaves. There are historical snapshots of logic in action, and the book contains tributes to Lewis Carroll, Arthur Prior, and Peter Geach. In addition to short essays, there are dialogues, cures and insults."--Goodreads.com
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
160
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
BC108
LC item number
.S75 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Label
A cabinet of philosophical curiosities : a collection of puzzles, oddities, riddles and dilemmas, Roy Sorensen
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn921864675
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiv, 289 pages
Isbn
9780199829569
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015037927
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)921864675
Label
A cabinet of philosophical curiosities : a collection of puzzles, oddities, riddles and dilemmas, Roy Sorensen
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn921864675
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiv, 289 pages
Isbn
9780199829569
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015037927
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)921864675

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