"Perhaps not all the stories that follow are true. They could,
however, be true, and the Reader is invited to ponder this."
So begins Insurmountable Simplicities, Roberto Casati
and Achille Varzi's colorful incarnation of the many philosophical
conundrums that hide in the wrinkles of everyday life. Why do
mirrors seem to invert left and right but not up and down? How do
we know whether strawberries taste the same for everyone? Where is
it written that we must observe the law, and if it is not written,
why should we observe it? What if we could swap brains-or the rest
of our bodies?
Insurmountable Simplicities is filled with stories,
dialogues, and epistolary exchanges that cover a range of
themes-such as personal identity, causality and responsibility,
fortune, the nature of things, the paradoxes of time and space, the
interface between logic and language-in captivating and inventive
Clear, concise, and intellectually engaging, this
internationally acclaimed book brilliantly demonstrates that the
beauty of philosophy resides in its thorough engagement with the
simplicities of the world, insurmountable as they might initially
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