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Can a Robot be Human?: 33 Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles

Can a Robot be Human?: 33 Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles

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By (author) Peter Cave

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  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 24mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1851686479
  • ISBN 13: 9781851686476
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 15
  • Sales rank: 313,678

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In this fun and entertaining book of puzzles and paradoxes, Peter Cave introduces some of life's most important questions with tales and tall stories, reasons and arguments, common sense and bizarre conclusions. From speedy tortoises to getting into heaven, paradoxes and puzzles give rise to some of the most exciting problems in philosophy-from logic to ethics and from art to politics. Illustrated with quirky cartoons throughout, Can A Robot Be Human? takes the reader on a taster tour of the most interesting and delightful parts of philosophy. It's for everyone who puzzles about the world!

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Writer and broadcaster Peter Cave teaches philosophy for The Open University and City University, London. He chairs the Humanist Philosopher s Group and is often in debate, talking about paradoxes,' while arguing for good reasoning, especially in ethical, political and religious life. He frequently contributes to philosophy magazine, from the serious to the fun, lectures abroad, and introduced BBC radio listeners to a paradoxical fair of fun.

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"The book continues to be unputdownable" Philosophy Now "A chirpy introduction to philosophy through thought-experiments and paradoxes." The Guardian "Lightly written, but definitely no dumbing down. A simulating read, the subject ranges wide and far." Publishing News "With its wonderful varied selection of topics, plus Cave's admirable lightness of touch, this is one of the most entertaining and thought provoking books I've come across in years. So stop messing around with trivia like Sudoku and give your brain a real treat by buying this book." Focus Magazine

Table of contents

Preface ix Acknowledgements 1. The dangers of health 1 2. Fictional feelings? 6 3. Sympathy for the Devil 12 4. He would say that, wouldn't he? 19 5. Therapy for tortoises 24 6. In the beginning 30 7. The innocent murderer: a nobody dunit 35 8. Will you still love me tomorrow? 41 9. Sand, sun, sea and . . . 46 10. Mary, Mary, quite contrary 53 11. Just hanging around 60 12. It's all relative . . . isn't it? 66 13. Wolves, whistles and women 72 14. Don't tell him, Pike! 79 15. A bale of woe 84 16. Just helping ourselves 89 17. Girl, cage, chimp 94 18. Vote! Vote! Vote? 101 19. Where am I? 105 20. Out of time 112 21. Saints, sinners and suicide bombers 118 22. A bit rich 125 23. Uniquely who? 130 24. Lucky for some 137 25. 'I shot the sheriff' 142 26. You'll never get to heaven . . .? 148 27. Chicken! Chicken! Chicken! 154 28. Tensions in tense 160 29. 'I am a robot' 166 30. Eye spy 172 31. Don't read this notice 178 32. Mysteries 184 33. Is this all there is? 191 Appendix 197 Further reading 197 Notes, sources and references 199 Index