Buridan's ass

Bu·​ri·​dan's ass | \ ˈbyu̇rədᵊnz-, -dənz- \

Definition of Buridan's ass

: a hypothetical dilemma in which a person is postulated as presented with two equally attractive and attainable alternatives and therefore loses freedom of choice

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History and Etymology for Buridan's ass

after Jean Buridan †about 1358 French philosopher, who is reputed to have posed the problem

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“Buridan's ass.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Buridan%27s%20ass. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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