‘All human activity is prompted by desire’

All human activity is prompted by desire. There is a wholly fallacious theory advanced by some earnest moralists to the effect that it is possible to resist desire in the interests of duty and moral principle. I say this is fallacious, not because no man ever acts from a sense of duty, but because duty […]

The barber paradox

Imagine that you live in a remote town in the Austrian Alps that only has one barber. You either shave yourself or go to the barber. But who shaves the barber? The British philosopher Bertrand Russell coined the puzzle ‘the barber paradox.’ Language confounds meaning. In the case of contradiction, everything is true, and nothing is true. It’s […]