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Fortune has been kind to the study of paradox. Paradoxes seem to hold innate interest as they crop up in physics, metaphysics, mathematics, and ethics. They exploit features of mind, mathematics, or language, and in each case they can show us limits of physical or metaphysical possibilities, constraints on logic, rationality, theology, or other limits on the way the world can be. There are an ever-increasing number of paradoxes; some are ancient, from Eubulides and Zeno, and some only recently proposed in the mathematical, physical, and philosophical literature. Even in the past few years, the topic attracts interesting and sophisticated thinkers such as Margaret Cuonzo, Douglas Hofstadter, Michael Huemer, Saul Smilansky, Roy Sorensen, Stephen Yablo, and Noson Yanofsky. Alexander Pruss’ Infinity, Causation, and Paradox adds to and enhances this tradition of thoughtful and deep work on paradox.
The book describes a unified way to “kill off” a family of paradoxes. Specifically, it...