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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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Manzoni's brilliance lay in part in his ability to push this conception of art to the point of reductio ad absurdum, but in a way that underlines rather than subverts the notion.
Some may take this as a reductio of evaluational internalism, but whether or not this is the case the issue reveals what such a theory is committed to.
There is another reason to worry over this latest cycle of reductio ad Hitlerum: Every false invocation not only cheapens the original referent, it distorts our vision and undermines America's ability to act meaningfully in the world.
Her idiosyncratic reductio ad absurdum of Gregorian calendrical notation to only forty-two denominations for each century (the date of this publication, 3/1/97 would be "20," 3 + 1 + 9 + 7), together with endless attendant extrapolations, detaches what would better be called the "experience of dates" from astronomy, from the strictures of convention, and, above all, from events.
Let us suppose (for the sake of reductio ad absurdum argumentation) that the inventory [f.
We even have the reductio ad Hitlerum: "Adolf Hitler's emerging autobahn had sparked America's vision for a transcontinental road.
Like many others, I recognized the uncompromising gesture of reductio as something hallowed.
Here Wiland seeks to strengthen reductio arguments against objective consequentialism by showing that objective consequentialism implies that we almost never act rightly.
Conceptually simple and tight, LeWitt's wall drawings were nevertheless visually complex and expansive, often with the help of colors that made both geometrical figures and lines project in a hallucinatory way--abstract expressivity carried to reductio ad absurdum from which there is no return to geometrical rationality.
Bittner believes that this consequence is not a reductio on his view.
According to Yu, Zeta 3 is a reductio ad absurdum argument against identifying primary substance (in the sense of that in virtue of which a substance like Socrates is a substance) with subject.
Reason: You have to be careful with reductio ad absurdum arguments.
Reductio ad absurdum: Mark David Chapman read The Catcher in the Rye as legitimizing his murder of John Lennon.
David Armstrong takes this as a reductio of the bundle theory and an argument for substrata, while Peter Simons and Arda Denkel reply by supplementing the bundle theory with accounts of property interdependencies.
Schwartz points to a 1940s-era case against cosmetics company Elizabeth Arden as the reductio ad absurdum of trying to proportion promo allowances.