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Buridan's ass

  • 1 Buridan's ass

       буpидaнoв ocёл (o чeлoвeкe, нe peшaющeмcя cдeлaть выбop) [этим. фр.; фpaнцузcкoму филocoфу XIV B. Буpидaну пpипиcывaeтcя paccкaз oб ocлe, умepшeм oт гoлoдa, тaк кaк oн нe peшaлcя cдeлaть выбop мeжду двумя oдинaкoвыми oxaпкaми ceнa]
        In his quieter moods he thought often of Katha and Margaret and the curious chain of circumstances which had brought him to this unsatisfactory dangling between two women, one now almost a dream, the other only too palpably near. He felt like Buridan's ass, which starved between the two bundles of hay (R. Aldington)

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  • 2 Buridan's ass

    1) Переносный смысл: нерешительный человек
    2) Философия: Буриданов осёл

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  • 3 Buridan's ass

    «Буриданов осёл». Нерешительный человек, который не может выбрать одно из двух. Жан Буридан (ок. 1297— ок. 1358) — французский философ, которому ошибочно приписывают авторство следующей дилеммы: если голодного осла поместить между двумя одинаковыми охапками сена, он умрёт от голода, потому что не сможет выбрать, какую съесть.

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