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By Roy Sorensen

ISBN-10: 019982956X

ISBN-13: 9780199829569

"A cupboard of Philosophical Curiosities is a colourful selection of puzzles and paradoxes, either ancient and modern, via thinker Roy Sorensen. Taking proposal from Ian Stewart's Professor Stewart's cupboard of Mathematical Curiosities, which assembled fascinating "maths" from open air 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 number of puzzles and paradoxes, either ancient and modern, through thinker Roy Sorensen. Taking thought from Ian Stewart's Professor Stewart's cupboard of Mathematical Curiosities, which assembled attention-grabbing "maths" from open air the study room right into a miscellany of marvels, those puzzles are able to be loved independently yet achieve mutual help whilst learn in clusters. the amount levels from basic examples to anomalous anomalies, considers info that turns out to verify a generalization whereas reducing its likelihood, and argues that we're doomed to think infinitely many contradictions-and that the discomfort of contradictions may be profoundly stimulating. within this booklet 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 via exploiting a fallacy within the development of a Parisian lottery. there's common sense for altruists, too. you will find how basic Benjamin Butler used other-centric reasoning to guard runaway slaves. There are historic snapshots of common sense in motion, and the booklet includes tributes to Lewis Carroll, Arthur past, and Peter Geach. as well as brief essays, there are dialogues, treatments and insults."--Goodreads.com

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I began to see less of my housemates as I began to see more of my future wife. She and I moved to a cheap flat. We agreed to transcend gender-based division of labour. This made dishwashing a delicate issue. We tried team dishwashing. But two people cannot wash much quicker than one. We tried rotating the chore. But that raised suspicions of ‘insensitive dish-dirtying’ on one’s days off. Dismissing Greg’s reservations, we changed to a policy of determining the night’s dishwasher by flipping a coin after dinner.

Remember, he wasn’t allowed to use curtains, or shutters, or coloured glass, or anything of that sort. – The Lewis Carroll Picture Book, 1899, p. 214 Readers of Plato’s Meno may recall the solution. U Can you draw it? 23 The Elderly Scientist ‘If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong,’ declared Arthur C. Clarke (New Yorker, 9 August 1969). ’ U How likely is the elderly scientist’s claim?

After all, someone would be advising the emperor; it was better that the adviser be a moral man rather than an opportunist. To win respect from coarse compatriots, Seneca had to become rich. To prevent unscrupulous men from gaining favour by performing services no one else would, Seneca had to pre-empt them by doing a little dirty work himself. While a tourist in Rome, I visited the magnificent bath complex built by Emperor Caracalla (188–217). My imagination for what transpired was guided by Seneca’s letters to Lucilius.

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