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Insurmountable Simplicities - by Roberto Casati & Achille Varzi (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 132

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Anthologies (multiple authors)

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Age Range: Teen

Author: Roberto Casati & Achille Varzi

Language: English

Street Date: March 3, 2008
TCIN: 77778699
UPC: 9780231137232
Item Number (DPCI): 247-08-0179

Description

"Perhaps not all the stories that follow are true. They could, however, be true, and the Reader is invited to ponder this."

So begins Insurmountable Simplicities, Roberto Casati and Achille Varzi's colorful incarnation of the many philosophical conundrums that hide in the wrinkles of everyday life. Why do mirrors seem to invert left and right but not up and down? How do we know whether strawberries taste the same for everyone? Where is it written that we must observe the law, and if it is not written, why should we observe it? What if we could swap brains-or the rest of our bodies?

Insurmountable Simplicities is filled with stories, dialogues, and epistolary exchanges that cover a range of themes-such as personal identity, causality and responsibility, fortune, the nature of things, the paradoxes of time and space, the interface between logic and language-in captivating and inventive ways.

Clear, concise, and intellectually engaging, this internationally acclaimed book brilliantly demonstrates that the beauty of philosophy resides in its thorough engagement with the simplicities of the world, insurmountable as they might initially appear.

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