What Are Paradoxes?

One should not think slightingly of the paradoxical; for the paradox is the source of the thinker's passion, and the thinker without a paradox is like a lover without feeling: a paltry mediocrity.

- Søren Kierkegaard, Philosophical Fragments, III

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What I am telling you is false. But if I tell you that what I am saying is false and it is false, then what I am now saying is true, but if it's true then to say that it's false is false. Join us today as we go around in paradoxical circles with Peter Cave, who teaches philosophy in the UK at the Open University and City University, London.

Listen to The Philosopher's Zone episode on the liar's paradox and other philosophical absurdities

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Short Article of the Day

...Philosophers and logicians love paradoxes, and this is one — one of the many versions of what is usually called the Liar Paradox, discovered by the ancient Greek philosopher Eubulides (4th century B.C.).

Paradoxes are apparently good arguments that lead to conclusions that are beyond belief (Greek: “para” = beyond, “doxa” = belief). And when you meet a paradox, you’ve got only two choices. One is to accept that the conclusion, implausible as it may seem, is actually true; the other is to reject the conclusion, and explain what has gone wrong in the argument...

Continue reading Graham Priest's article: Paradoxical Truth

Further Reading

A paradox is generally a puzzling conclusion we seem to be driven towards by our reasoning, but which is highly counterintuitive, nevertheless. There are, among these, a large variety of paradoxes of a logical nature which have teased even professional logicians, in some cases for several millennia...

Continue reading the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Logical Paradoxes by Barry Hartley Slater

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