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Synonyms for reductio

(reduction to the absurd) a disproof by showing that the consequences of the proposition are absurd

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What the reductio shows is that its three premises are incompatible.
Reductio o dos tipos generales de la mediacion: salvifico-escatologica y epistemologica
According to ML, mT requires certain reasoning strategies, including Reductio ad Absurdum, which, while they are possible for sophisticated individuals, they are not absolutely and easily available for all human beings.
6a is that it would appear to constitute a reductio ad absurdum.
The most exuberant chapter in the book is "The District of China is Not the District of Columbia," where Ruskola launches his conclusions reductio ad absurdum.
Instead he builds his subtle but powerful argument as philosophers do, by taking readers through a series of reductio ad absurdum exercises to show the inadequacy of mainstream representationist theories of truth.
Comprising 250 works from antiquity to today, the show includes Richard Meitner's Reductio ad Absurdum (1977).
In finer detail, Garcia-Ramirez's reductio argument against Lewis goes as follows:
Zeno of Elia, not to be confused with Zeno of Citium, the Stoic, but rather the purported inventor of the dialectic, the reductio ad absurdum or proof by contradiction, who in Aristotle's Physics , according to Simplicius, argued, "If there are many, they must be as many as they are.
Really, today's LGBT activists, along with their sycophantic allies (like the frightened little toadies at Reuters) signify the embodiment of reductio ad absurdum.
These proofs are reductio proofs, and reductio proofs require use of elimination rules, rather than introduction rules, in that part of the proof that unpacks consequences of accepting the hypothesis.
One of the most forceful and elegant arguments in favor of PTPTI is the--we think we can say famous--Misesian reductio ad absurdum.
Wolenski comes up with a supposed reductio of the claim that (T)-equivalences are analytic (234-236); but the argument presupposes that one can push the analyticity claim into the object-language and that derivability distributes over equivalences, which need not hold in non-standard logics.
The fact that people are being prosecuted for using cannabis, while alcohol remains a staple commodity, is surely the reductio ad absurdum of any notion that our drug laws are designed to keep people from harming themselves or others.