Paradoxes & Skepticism:
Here are some interesting and fun-to-read books related
to a few of the topics discussed in class. None of these is required or
expected for the course, but if you are curious about a topic and would
like to casually explore it some more, these are some fun places to
Clark, Michael. Paradoxes From A to Z. (New York, NY: Routledge, 2012).
- Offers readable, brief overviews of many paradoxes.
Greenblatt, Stephen. The Swerve: How The World Became Modern. (New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Co., 2012).
National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning book about the 15th
century re-discovery of Lucretius' Epicurean poem, "On Nature," and the
role it played in the ending of the Dark Ages and ushering in the
beginning of the Enlightenment. Great book!
Suber, Peter. "Classical Skepticism: Issues and Problems," online.
- an accessible introductory article to classical skepticism.
A couple of pretty good biographical works about Descartes include:
A. C. Grayling, Descartes, (Pocket Books, 2006).
Russell Shorto, Descartes' Bones, (Vintage, 2009).
Below are images of baseball cards of some of the philosophers we'll discuss!
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