[LMB] OT: The Spanish Barber (was Re: LQ #59: Aral's POV)

James Burbidge james.burbidge at gmail.com
Sat Apr 25 03:39:12 BST 2009


On 24/04/2009, Jim Parish <jparish at siue.edu> wrote:
> Excuse me? "All and only": if he shaves himself, he is one of the people
> who shave themselves, who are precisely the people he is forbidden by
> rule to shave. Conversely, if he avoids getting shaved, then he certainly
> does not shave himself, and he shaves all of the people who meet that
> condition.
>
> Eric Oppen has suggested one resolution, based on the more usual
> formulation "all and only *the men*": the barber is female. Another is
> that the barber does not live in the village.

ObSF: the use of the paradox in _Land of Unreason_.  (There is also
the version with the catalogues, which I think is more tightly
composed, but which has no SFnal associations.)

James



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