Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Although the word sorites has come to have a specific technical meaning in the subdiscipline of Logic within modern philosophy, I am using this term in its original sense, from the Latin form derived from Greek, meaning literally “a heap”.

In its original context of classical philosophy, the sorites was used to construct a paradox: if you have a heap of pebbles, or beans, or whatever, how many of these when taken away will make the heap no longer a heap? I.e., at what point does the heap cease to be a heap, when one after another pebble, or bean, is taken away?

See also this link.


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