Buridan's ass


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Buridan's ass

(ˈbjʊərɪdənz)
n
(Philosophy) philosophy an example intended to show the deficiency of reason. An ass standing equidistant from two identical heaps of oats starves to death because reason provides no grounds for choosing to eat one rather than the other
[named after Jean Buridan, 14th-century French philosopher, to whom it was incorrectly attributed]
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Those who vacillate when it comes to decision making are like the Buridan's ass.
O sorriso ao final do capitulo Buridan's Ass (capitulo 6) revela que a transformacao ja se completou e, deste ponto em diante, Lester e ardiloso e amoral.
Just as Buridan's ass has reason not to starve to death, we have reason to execute the rescue mission before everyone dies.
Buridan's Ass is an example sometimes quoted in which intellectual discipline?
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In these cases, rational calculation would lead to the plight of Buridan's Ass, which died rather than make a decision with no clear rational basis.
Perched on the indifferent peak of reason, Buridan's ass is doomed to starvation.
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Chapter One, on "Choice Without Preference: The Problem of Buridan's Ass," considers how it is possible to make a rational choice with symmetric desires.
In the famous philosopher's paradox of Buridan's Ass, the logical donkey cannot choose between equal piles of fodder, and starves as a result.