Buridan’s ass

The traditional illustrative example, first found in Aristotle but now associated with Buridan, of the problem of decision making when there is no reason for preferring one of the possible alternatives.

The ass, faced with two equally desirable hayables, starves to death through indecision since, ex hypothesi, there are no grounds for preferring one bale to the other.

Cite this article as: Tim, "Buridan’s ass, May 10, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, May 10, 2012, https://www.the-philosophy.com/buridan-ass.

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