5 well-known philosophical paradoxes and their value for each of us

There is an opinion that the philosophy is very difficult and torn-off from real life area of knowledge. Actually, it absolutely not so. It is possible to learn really useful lessons from this science.


Visitors of “Wikipedia” somehow noticed that if to click the first link in each article, then sooner or later all of you will equally rest against one of the articles devoted to philosophy. An explanation for this phenomenon very simple: practically all achievements of modern culture, science, and technology are created on the basis of the philosophical theories and paradoxes which are thought up in immemorial times.

we collected by In this article for you several curious examples and stories which were used by philosophers to illustrate the ideas. Much of them already more than two thousand years, but all of them equally do not lose the relevance.


4. Buridanov a donkey

Buridanov a donkey — the philosophical paradox called by name Jean Bouridan in spite of the fact that it was known even from Aristotle’s works.

the Donkey costs between two absolutely identical haystacks. Not in forces to choose any of them, he wastes time, estimating each of options. As a result of the delay, the donkey becomes all good, and the decision price everything increases. Without having managed to choose any of equivalent options, the donkey eventually dies of hunger.

This example is finished by, certainly, to the point of absurdity, but it perfectly illustrates that sometimes the freedom of choice turns into total absence of any freedom. If to try to weigh most rationally similar options, then it is possible to lose both. In this case, any step is better, than an infinite search of the optimal solution.



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