101 Philosophy Problems, 4th Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1135088780
  • ISBN-13: 9781135088781
  • DDC: 100
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 304 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released October 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Does Farmer Field really know his prize cow, Daisy, is in the field? When is an unexpected exam not wholly unexpected? Are all bachelors (really) unmarried? Martin Cohen's 101 Philosophy Problems, Fourth Edition introduces philosophy in an entertaining but informative and stimulating way. Using philosophical puzzles, conundrums and paradoxes he skilfully unwraps some of the mysteries of the subject, from what we kno? or think we kno? to brainteasing thought experiments about ethics, science and the nature of the mind.

For the Fourth Edition there are many new problems, including Maxwell's Moving Magnets, Einstein Changes Train Times, and Zeno's Paradox of Place; as well as two brand new sections including puzzles such as Lorenz's Waterywheel, and the Battle for Fractal Farm, and perplexing ethical dilemmas. The book has been extensively revised to bring it up to date with new developments in philosophy and society.

With an updated glossary of helpful terms and possible solutions to the problems at the end of the book, 101 Philosophy Problems is essential reading for anyone coming to philosophy for the first time.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
101 Philosophy Problems Fourth Edition.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Forward to the Fourth Edition and Backward to the First!.
How to Use this Book.
Note on the Philosophical Pictures.
Ten Logical Loops and Paradoxical Problems to Get Started with.
1: The Cow in the Field.
2: The Raven.
3: Descartes' Big Problem.
4: The Hanging Judge.
5: The Hairdresser of Hindu Kush.
6: The Tuck-Shop Dilemma.
7: Protagoras' Problem.
8: The Unexpected Exam.
9: Sorites.
10: A Problem Arranging Ship Battles.
Eight Tricky Ethical Dilemmas.
11: Flight 999 to Shangri-La.
12: The Plank of Carneades.
13: The Dodgy Donor Clinic.
14: The Famous Footbridge Dilemma.
15: A Not-Very Classical Musical Dilemma.
16: Whose Baby?.
17: Potentially a Problem.
18: Kidnapped by Doctors! Episode I.
19: Kidnapped by Doctors! Episode II.
20: The Turtle.
Half a Dozen Pesky Numbers Problems.
21: The Amazing Run of Luck.
22: The Infinite Hotel.
23: Zeno's Paradox of Place.
24: Poincaré's Problem.
25: The Mysterious Triangle.
26: The Fern.
Pretty Ugly Aesthetic Problems.
27: Fakes and Forgeries.
28: Flash Bagman.
29: Problems Buying Stamps and Potatoes.
30: More Problems Buying Stamps and Potatoes.
31: A Matter of Standards.
32: The Exploitative Pictures.
Heavy Lifting Personal Problems.
33: Swampy Things.
34: The X-Perience Machine.
35: The Power of Partiality.
36: Against Impartiality.
37: The Superior Power of Self-Interest.
38: The Mind's Eye.
39: The Half-a-Brain Problem.
40: Only John King.
41: The Materialisation of Katie.
Paradoxical Picture Puzzles.
42: ‘The Blobs’ and ‘The Colour Disk Illusion’.
43: The Cube and the Triangle.
44: Figure/Ground Reversal.
45: The False Leg.
46: Band with a Twist to it.
Twelve Traditional Philosophy Problems No One Really Cares About Anyway.
47: Unicorns' Horns.
48: The King of France's Pate.
49: Snow's Colour.
50: Unmarried Bachelors.
51: The Author of Waverley.
52: Martian Water.
53: The Millennium Problem.
54: Green and Red.
55: G.E. Moore's Problem.
56: Kant's Problem.
57: More Kant.
58: The Table.
Famous Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy that Changed the Way we See the World … a Bit.
59: Potty (Thought) Experiments.
60: What Happens after the Sun Goes Out?.
61: Galileo's (Gravitational) Balls.
62: Maxwell's Moving Magnets.
63: Einstein Changes the Train Times.
64: Schrödinger's Cat's Problem.
65: Deep Thought Speaks for Itself.
66: Deeper Thought.
Some Rather Dodgy Ethical Problems.
67: The Dog and the Professor I.
68: The Dog and the Professor II.
69: A Relative Problem.
70: New Diktatia I.
71: New Diktatia II.
72: New Diktatia III.
73: The Dissonance of the $1 Volunteers.
74: The Devil's Chemists.
More Paradoxical Pictures.
75: Daytime – or Night-Time?.
76: But Will the Waterfall?.
77: The Architect's Secret.
78: Smaller and Smaller.
79: The Three Hares Illusion.
Fairly Fundamental Religious Problems.
80: The Evangelist.
81: The Hate Preacher.
82: Problems Raised by an Annoying Parishioner, on a Wet Sunday Afternoon, at the Vicar's Tea Party.
Another Dollop of Maths to Keep you Perky.
83: The Battle for Fractal Farm.
84: Lorenz's Waterywheel.
85: Statistics in the Firing Line.
86: Problems at the West Midlands Grommet Factory.
Closing Down Problems.
87: A Fairly Terminal Problem for Dull Philosophers.
88: Pain is Good.
89: Greed is Good.
90: Sleeping Problems.
91: The Sleeping Man.
92: Simple Universe.
93: The Problem of How to Get to 101 (Unsolved).
94: The Problem of Existence.
95: Discussions.
Reading Guide.