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Buridan, Jean

(ca. 1300–ca. 1359). Fr. scholastic philos.; pupil of William of Occam; teacher of Albert of Saxony; held that will and intellect are essentially identical; reputed (perhaps erroneously) to have posed hypothetical dilemma (“Buridan's Ass”) in which an ass, set midway bet. 2 equal heaps of hay, is unable to decide bet. them and dies of starvation. Wrote Compendium logicae.

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