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What the Tortoise Said to Achilles

  1. Nov 19, 2010 #1
    "What the Tortoise Said to Achilles"

    "What the Tortoise Said to Achilles" by Lewis Carroll: http://www.ditext.com/carroll/tortoise.html

    What exactly is wrong with the logic here? Is anything wrong at all?
     
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  3. Nov 20, 2010 #2

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    Re: "What the Tortoise Said to Achilles"

    No error. It is just noting that in order to accept any logical proposition as true, you must first accept the "rules of logic" as true. And, in order to do that, you must accept the rules used to construct those rules, etc.

    That is why mathematical logic (I can't speak for philosophers) always starts with "given" rules and axioms.
     
  4. Nov 20, 2010 #3
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    Also see the Wikipedia article on this topic.
     
  5. May 20, 2011 #4
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    I don't understand what makes this story paradoxical. Can anyone enlighten me as to where there is a contradiction or otherwise?
     
  6. May 20, 2011 #5

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    I see nowhere any mention of "paradox". Where did you get the idea that the story was "paradoxical"?
     
  7. May 22, 2011 #6
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    Wikipedia refers to it as the Carroll paradox. It is included in Micheal Clark's book Paradoxes from A to Z as the Paradox of Inference. Thus I get the idea that the story was paradoxical.
     
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