Help on question similar to Russell's Barber Paradox

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Help on question similar to Russell's Barber Paradox

Postby danialf » Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:43 am

I am not sure how to approach this since It is not exactly Russell's Barber Paradox. The question is asking if this is possible or impossible. "In a certain village there is a male barber. All the men he shaves are men who do not shave themselves." The thing is, it doesn't say all the men he shaves is ONLY the men who do not shave themselves. help please? thank you

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Postby stapel_eliz » Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:10 am

danialf wrote:I am not sure how to approach this since It is not exactly Russell's Barber Paradox. The question is asking if this is possible or impossible. "In a certain village there is a male barber. All the men he shaves are men who do not shave themselves." The thing is, it doesn't say all the men he shaves is ONLY the men who do not shave themselves. help please? thank you

The puzzler says nothing about whether all men must be clean-shaven. Given only the posted information, the barber may have a beard, and there is no paradox. :wink:


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