Sorites paradox
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The sorites paradox (sometimes translated as the paradox of the heap because sōritēs means "heaped up") is a paradox that arises from vague predicates. A typical formulation involves a heap of sand, from which grains are individually removed. Under the assumption that removing a single grain does not turn a heap into a non-heap, the paradox is to consider what happens when the process is repeated enough times: is a single remaining grain still a heap? (Or are even no grains at all a heap?) If not, when did it change from a heap to a non-heap?
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See also
- Ambiguity
- Coastline paradox
- Continuum fallacy
- Eubulides
- False dilemma
- Fuzzy logic
- I know it when I see it
- Milo of Croton how he was able to lift a bull
- Multi-valued logic
- Nirvana fallacy
- Philosophical Investigations
- Principle of bivalence
- Ship of Theseus
- Slippery slope
- Straw that broke the camel's back
- The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
- Three men make a tiger
- Vagueness
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