ok, so there are homologous adjectives, which are true of themselves (e.g. "multisyballic" "fifteen-lettered" "English"). Then there are heterologous adjectives, which are not true of themselves (e.g "monosyballic" "ten-lettered" "French" "long"). I was given a (seemingly) trick question in philosophy class for a bonus. Which category (homologous or heterologous) does the word "heterologous" itself fit into, and why? I've racked my brain for a while now and can't seem to figure this one out.
Great question!

I think it's akin to the problem with someone who says "I always lie."

Can you see the parallel? If it's otherwise true, then it makes the statement itself false.

It the adjective does mean what it says, then it makes it homologous, but that would make it the wrong word, so it's heterologous, but that's the right word, so it's homologous...
Interesting twist on Russell's paradox. I've never heard this version before.


"There are some versions of this paradox that are closer to real-life situations and may be easier to understand for non-logicians. For example, the Barber paradox supposes a barber who shaves men if and only if they do not shave themselves. When one thinks about whether the barber should shave himself or not, the paradox begins to emerge."