9781439148211

Big Questions : Tackling the Problems of Philosophy with Ideas from Mathematics, Economics and Physics

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    9781439148211

  • ISBN10:

    143914821X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/3/2009
  • Publisher: Free Press

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Summary

Steven E. Landsburgis a Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester. He is the author ofMore Sex Is Safer Sex, The Armchair Economist, Fair Play,two textbooks on economics, and over thirty journal articles in mathematics, economics, and philosophy. He writes the popular ?Everyday Economics? column inSlatemagazine and has written forForbes, theWall Street Journal, and other publications.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Beginning of the Journeyp. xi
Reality and Unrealityp. 1
On What There Isp. 1
Unfinished Business: Going Bananasp. 21
How Richard Dawkins Got It Wrong: The Case Against Godp. 29
Belifsp. 39
Daydream Believersp. 41
Unfinished Businessp. 45
What Do Believers Believe?p. 55
On What There Obviously Isp. 67
Diogenes' Nightmarep. 75
Knowledgep. 87
Knowing Your Mathp. 89
Unfinished Business: Hercules and the Hydrap. 99
Incomplete Thinkingp. 105
The Rules of Logic and the Tale of the Potbellied Pigp. 111
The Rules of Evidencep. 123
The Limits to Knowledgep. 135
Unfinished Business: Quantum Entanglementp. 143
Right and Wrongp. 151
Telling Right from Wrongp. 153
The Economist's Golden Rulep. 163
How to Be Socially Responsible: A UserĘs Guide to the EconomistĘs Golden Rulep. 171
On Not Being a Jerkp. 181
The Economist on the Playgroundp. 191
Unfinished Business: Let the Rabbi Split the Piep. 205
The Life of The Mindp. 215
How to Thinkp. 217
What to Study: Some Advice to College Studentsp. 237
Appendixp. 249
Acknowledgmentsp. 257
Indexp. 259
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