David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
A carpet vendor has to measure her customer's living room for some new broadloom. She has forgotten her tape measure, but does have a meterstick. She lays the meterstick on the floor, snug up against the wall, with the left edge of the stick in one corner of the room. She then makes a pencil mark at the right edge. Next she shifts the stick right until the left edge of the stick is at her mark, and again marks the right edge. She does this three times, but then finds that less than a full length remains to be measured. She turns the stick around so that the zero is now at the right side and lays it in the right corner and notes that her last pencil mark is at 70 cm. She concludes that the wall she is measuring is 3.7 meters in length. She then measures the opposite wall and concludes that it, too, is 3.7 meters in length. She then repeats the process for the remaining two opposite walls, and finds that they each measure 4.1 meters. To see if the room is rectangular, she runs a piece of twine from one corner to its opposite, pulls the twine taut and then cuts it to fit exactly. She then uses the same piece of twine on the other two corners to see if they are the same distance apart as the first two. The twine fits exactly. On the basis of these measurements, she..
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Richard Twine (2010). Animals as Biotechnology: Ethics, Sustainability, and Critical Animal Studies. Earthscan.
Bruce Maxwell & Roland Reichenbach (2005). Imitation, Imagination and Re‐Appraisal: Educating the Moral Emotions. Journal of Moral Education 34 (3):291-307.
Jane Maienschein (1994). Cutting Edges Cut Both Ways. Biology and Philosophy 9 (1):1-24.
J. Bogaert, P. Van Hecke & I. Impens (1999). A Reference Value for the Interior-to-Edge Ratio of Isolated Habitats. Acta Biotheoretica 47 (1).
Joan Konner (ed.) (2009). You Don't Have to Be a Buddhist to Know Nothing: An Illustrious Collection of Thoughts on Naught. Prometheus Books.
Ellery Eells & Branden Fitelson (2000). Comments and Criticism: Measuring Confirmation and Evidence. Journal of Philosophy 97 (12):663-672.
Mark Gindi (2011). The Ghost Print. Hastings Center Report 41 (1):7-8.
Jonathan Sutton (2001). The Contingent a Priori and Implicit Knowledge. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (2):251-277.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads6 ( #211,419 of 1,099,909 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #303,846 of 1,099,909 )
How can I increase my downloads?