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Zeno's Paradoxes
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on 27 March 2008
Zeno's paradoxes are some of the oldest surviving arguments in Western philosophy, and they're still some of the most thought-provoking. Like many of the best philosophical problems, they're quite easy to state but tackling them properly can take you into deep issues about reality, mathematics, time and space. Everybody with an interest in philosophy ought to know a bit about the 'Achilles & the Tortoise', 'Racetrack', 'Stadium' and 'Flying Arrow' paradoxes. And they're all here - in detail. Wesley Salmon has assembled a brilliant collection of articles from authors including Henri Bergson, Bertrand Russell and Adolph Grünbaum. Taken as a whole, this book offers a very comprehensive overview of the classic responses and challenges to Zeno. (Although be warned: some of the later papers - notably the second and third articles by Grünbaum - can get pretty technical in places.) A couple of good books to read in conjunction with this one, or as introductions to paradoxes in general, are Michael Clark's 'Paradoxes from A to Z' (from Routledge) and Roy Sorensen's 'A Brief History of the Paradox' (from Oxford).
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