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Concluding Remarks

  • Michael Huemer


The preceding paradoxes exhibit several kinds of problem that also beset human thinking in more ordinary cases. These include: hidden assumptions, neglect of the small, confusion, black-and-white thinking, oversimplification, inappropriate idealization, and inference from partial data. In solving paradoxes, we should not give up apparently self-evident principles, such as those of classical logic. The world is not inconsistent or incomprehensible. Human reason is fallible but correctable with effort.


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  • Michael Huemer
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  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA

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