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Dictionary of paradox
Erickson, Glenn W., 1951-
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Lanham, MD : University Press of America, [1998]

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220 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Central Library BC199.P2 E75 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Dictionary of Paradox is a fascinating reference work for scholars, students, and the general public. It describes those paradoxes that are either especially interesting today or that have a continuing interest from the historical point of view. Each main entry consists of four parts: a statement of the paradox, an explanation of its paradoxicality, a discussion of attempted or accepted resolutions, and a list of readings. In addition, there are other entries explaining terms relating to paradoxes, listing alternative names for the main entries, or discussing variants of the entries. All information is extensively cross-referenced.

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Glenn W. Erickson is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

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The term "paradox" has wide application, including mathematical theorems with counterintuitive conclusions (e.g., the Banach-Tarski paradox), attacks on philosophical systems (Zeno's paradoxes) or on the foundations of mathematics (Russell's paradox), challenges to physical theories (Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox), just plain self-contradictory utterances (The Liar), and various outright fallacies. One finds paradoxes of all these sorts and more collected here, each one formulated, explained, and, where possible, resolved. Copious cross-references connect paradoxes united by common themes or distinguished by subtle variations. Carefully compiled citations make this volume a portal to the literature for students with many diverse interests. Excellent browsing for any interested mind. D. V. Feldman; University of New Hampshire

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