PL 338 - Paradoxes
(3 cr.) Paradoxes have been with us since a Cretan said all Cretans are liars, and Zeno showed us how the tortoise could beat Achilles. 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, reviews some of the principal paradoxes known to us and asks about their essence: what is paradoxical about paradoxes? It then moves on to examine paradoxes in ethics, thereby asking about the real, paradoxical world of human--psychological and social--behavior. Prerequisite: PL 101 or FYS 101; Every Third Year, Fall

Spring 2017