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Three philosophical problems for curious people [reading list]

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It is part of human nature to be curious and to want to know or learn something. There are papers that fulfil this yen for knowledge and explore some of the more unusual philosophical questions that you never knew you wanted to know the answer to, for example; What did the tortoise say to Achilles about logic, propositions, and conclusions? Why the peculiar spelling of the logical term intension? Which came first – the chicken or the egg? Below are some excerpts from the accessible classic papers that explore these important and quirky questions for you to ponder.“What the Tortoise Said to Achilles” by Lewis Carroll Achilles had overtaken the Tortoise, and had seated himself comfortably on its back.”So you’ve got to the end of our race-course?” said the Tortoise. “Even though it does consist of an infinite series of distances? I thought some wiseacre or other had proved that the thing couldn’t be done?””It can be done,” said Achilles. “It has been done! Solvilur ambulando. You see the distances were constantly diminishing; and so—””But if they had been constantly increasing?” the Tortoise interrupted. “How then?”“Then I shouldn’t be here,” Achilles modestly replied; “and you would have got several times round the world, by this time!”“You flatter me—flatten, I mean,” said the Tortoise ; “for you are a heavy weight, and no mistake! Well now, would you like to hear of a race-course, that most people fancy they can get to the end of in two or three steps, while it really consists of an infinite number of distances, each one longer than the previous one?” Read the rest of the article here.2. “Why the “S” in “intension”?“ by Mary SpencerThe peculiar spelling of the logical term “intension” has always given pause to laymen readers of English logical prose. From time to time,. . .

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