PL 338 - Paradoxes
(3 cr.) Paradoxes have been around ever since a Cretan said all Cretans are liars, and Zeno showed us how the tortoise could beat Achilles. They are instances of (what we think of as) true statements leading to (what we think of as) contradictions or intuition-defying situations. Originally considered a problem for logical--and mathematical--thought, paradoxes run the gamut from logic to mathematics, to language, to science, to art and to ethics. This course presents the definition(s) of paradox, and reviews some of the principal paradoxes known to us (logical, semantic, statistical, paradoxes of vagueness, paradoxes of infinity, and paradoxes of rationality) to discover their essence: what is paradoxical about paradoxes? It then moves on to examine paradoxes in ethics, thereby asking about the real world of human--psychological and social--behavior. Prerequisite: PL 202 and junior standing (or department approval). Prerequisite: PL 101 or QU 101; As Needed, Spring

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