chapter  7
Logical and semantic paradoxes
Pages 87

A paradox nags and gnaws at our peace of mind. Confronted with a particularly diabolical paradox, we may experience an acute intellectual pulling and twisting in opposite directions as we struggle to make sense of a situation that we had previously assumed was unproblematic. When a paradox impinges we realize that we cannot simply have everything we want, or at least not as cheaply and easily as we had supposed in our former innocence. Paradoxes limit concepts in an especially striking way, unless we are obtuse to their impact, requiring us to rethink cherished positions as we try to negotiate passage through an unexpectedly complex conceptual terrain.