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The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener

Martin Gardner

St. Martin's Griffin

The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener showcases Martin Gardner as the consummate philosopher, thinker, and great mathematician that he is. Exploring issues that range from faith to prayer to evil to immortality, and far beyond, Garnder challenges the discerning reader with fundamental questions of classical philosophy and life's greater meanings.
Recalling such philosophers was Wittgenstein and Arendt, The Whys of Philosophical Scrivener embodies Martin Garner's unceasing interest and joy in the impenetrable mysteries of life.

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The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener
1THE WORLD: Why I Am Not a SolipsistLet me not look aloft and see my own Feature and form upon the Judgment-throne.--G. K. CHESTERTON 
 
 
 
 
Solipsism is the insane belief that only one's self exists. All other parts of the universe, including other people, are unsubstantial figments in the mind of the single person who alone is truly real. It is almost the same as thinking one is God, and so far as I know, there has never been an authentic solipsist outside a mental institution or who in the past was not considered
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"Gardner [is]...at the glorious zenith of his diversified powers."--The Boston Globe
"Martin Gardner is one of the greatest intellects produced in this country in this century."]
--Douglas Hofstadter

"For more than half a century, Martin Gardner has been the single brightestbeacone defending rationality and good science...He is also one of the most brilliant men and gracious writers that I have known." --Stephen Jay Gould

"Martin Gardner is that rarest of all contemporary species: a scholar in nobody's pocket; a sparkling, pellucid science and mathematics writer who can discuss Sigmund Freud, Sherlock Holmes, and proofs of God with equal fluency." --Stefan Kanfer, former book editor of Time Magazine

"Martin Gardner's contribution to contemporary culture is unique." --Noam Chomsky
"Gardner [is]...at the glorious zenith of his diversified powers."--The Boston Globe
"Martin Gardner is one of the greatest intellects produced in this country in this century."]
--Douglas Hofstadter

"For more than half a century, Martin Gardner has been the single brightestbeacone defending rationality and good science...He is also one of the most brilliant men and gracious writers that I have known." --Stephen Jay Gould

"Martin Gardner is that rarest of all contemporary species: a scholar in nobody's pocket; a sparkling, pellucid science and mathematics writer who can discuss Sigmund Freud, Sherlock Holmes, and proofs of God with equal fluency." --Stefan Kanfer, former book editor of Time Magazine

"Martin Gardner's contribution to contemporary culture is unique." --Noam Chomsky

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Martin Gardner

  • Martin Gardner born in 1914, is regular reviewer for The New York Review of Books and was a Scientific American columnist for over twenty-five years. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
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