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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (15 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847062202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847062208
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 629,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter Cave takes us on an edifying tour through the world of paradoxes, and there is much to be learned, as well as much enjoyment to be had, in the process."" --Adrian W. Moore, University of Oxford, UK

'Full of intriguing philosophical puzzles ... Paradoxes may seem trivial at first glance, but further thought reveals them to be challenges to some of our most fundamental beliefs and preconceptions. Peter Cave entertainingly escorts the reader through a great variety of these fascinating puzzles, shining light that is fresh and bright.' --Laurence Goldstein, University of Kent, UK

'This is a truly wonderful book. The topic is tough, but Peter Cave brings it to life. He manages to give new insights on old topics, which is itself remarkable, and he also brings in plenty of less familiar topics ... All in all, it is a joy to see such cleverness and clarity of thought coexisting with such an easy (and light and amusing) writing style.' --Professor Imre Leader, Cambridge University, UK

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'Full of intriguing philosophical puzzles ... Paradoxes may seem trivial at first glance, but further thought reveals them to be challenges to some of our most fundamental beliefs and preconceptions. Peter Cave entertainingly escorts the reader through a great variety of these fascinating puzzles, shining light that is fresh and bright.'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 11 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
On how many occasions can one say that philosophy is highly entertaining? This book manages to discuss very complex ideas in a clear, amusing, and thought provoking way. Most of the chapters tackle a broadly defined `classic' area, such as morality, inductive reasoning, and infinity, and within this area alight on some of the key philosophical questions, puzzles, and paradoxes. Where there are clear answers, Cave gives them, where there are no clear answers, he is content to leave us in enlightened perplexity rather than false certainty - in either event much light is shed on the issues.

In the last two chapters, Cave tackles the puzzles that don't fit so neatly into categories, but this, for me, provides perhaps the most rewarding part of the book; here we get fascinating discussions of everything from love, and the meaning of life, to the (real?) emotions we have towards things that don't exist - fictions.

I agree with other reviewers that this book is more advanced than his earlier ones, but whether you want to start here or not is really a matter of whether you like to jump in more towards the deep end rather than the shallows. If you are unsure, why not ty out a few pages from this in a real bookshop?!
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. J. Fletcher on 8 Aug. 2011
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First, an admission; I only managed to struggle halfway through this book before giving up. The "philosophical paradoxes" certainly didn't have me scratching my head nor "putting my mind to the test". Chapters four and five, for example, strike me as particularly mundane treatments of what could and should be truly thought-provoking aspects of the mathematics of infinity, converging series, calculus and the like.

Chapter six's deliberations on black ravens and the possible classifications of non-black objects finally prompted me to call time. Life's just too short.
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Entertaining Thought Experiments 24 Nov. 2009
By Mike Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Peter Cave delivers a thinking-man's entertainment with this new philosophical offering. This is a marvelous introduction to rational paradoxes, thought experiments, and philosophical puzzles. This work (224 pages) is fun and yet hits you at the deepest level as it gives you charlie horses on your the brain.

Cave furnishes short essays on:

- Buridan's Ass
- The Liar
- Sleeping Beauty and
- Numerous other rational puzzles.

This is a great tool to assist you in improving your critical thinking skills and learning how to recognize self-refuting notions.
The best part of the book is its cover. 27 July 2014
By Gerald Farber - Published on Amazon.com
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Confession. I could not finish the book. Written by an Englishman in a style best reserved to English readers it was boring, and while promising "funny" it was not. The paradoxes are minor and resolved by dismissing them through the use of obfuscating language.

I don't remeber which Greek Philospher opined the theory that logic was the only thing needed to divine the "truth" of any proposition. Sorry, Mr. Cave these paradoxes need more then logic. They need better editing.
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