Buridan's ass


Bu·​ri·​dan'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

Word History


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

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“Buridan's ass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Buridan%27s%20ass. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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