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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

"'This sentence is false' is a sentence printed on the cover of this book. A sentence is not a name. So what is the name of the book? This book (whatever its name) is 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

Absorbing and provocative - hard to put down, and light as a feather to pick up again.
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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

“'This sentence is false’ is a sentence printed on the cover of this book. A sentence is not a name. So what is the name of the book? This book (whatever its name) is 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

Absorbing and provocative - hard to put down, and light as a feather to pick up again.
(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Peter Cave teaches philosophy The Open University and City University London, UK. He writes regularly for Philosophy Now and The Philosophers' Magazine and has made regular TV and radio appearances. In 2005 he presented a series of programmes on paradoxes on BBC Radio 4. His previous publications include Can a Robot Be Human? (One World, 2007).

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; First Edition edition (September 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847062202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847062208
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Cave lectures for The Open University, UK. He studied philosophy at University College London and King's College Cambridge - and has held lecturing posts - and given guest lectures - abroad and in the UK.

Peter is chair of the British Humanist Association's Humanist Philosophers' Group and is often involved in public debates on philosophical, religious and political matters - including those of general public concern and everyday life.

Curiously for a philosopher, he is also a Chartered Financial Planner and is involved in setting financial examinations for the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Peter has scripted and presented humorous philosophy programmes for BBC Radio4 - and has written many light philosophy articles for a range of popular philosophy magazines. His academic interests focus on paradoxes, with papers appearing in academic philosophy journals, American Philosophical Quarterly, The Monist, Analysis etc.

Peter's recent books are the best-selling (in the UK) 2007 philosophy book, Can a Robot be Human: 33 Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles (2007), and (2008) What's Wrong with Eating People? 33 More Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles (both published in Oxford by Oneworld).

A more serious work is Humanism (Oxford: Oneworld, 2009) which, as well as challenging religious belief, looks at humanist stances on ethics and politics and the meaning of life, taking us from matters of abortion and euthanasia to life's absurdities. His latest book, with a slightly more academic tone, is This Sentence Is False: An Introduction to Philosophical Paradoxes (London: Continuum 2009).

Peter lives in Soho, in central London, is developing an interest in opera and, although an atheist, he enjoys religious choral music - and is often to be found with a glass of wine in his hand, red or white, at The French.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on November 23, 2009
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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.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Farber on July 26, 2014
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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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