reductio ad absurdum

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

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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.
And now the inevitable reductio ad absurdum has been reached with both clubs shut up.
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).
Really, today's LGBT activists, along with their sycophantic allies (like the frightened little toadies at Reuters) signify the embodiment of reductio ad absurdum.
One of the most forceful and elegant arguments in favor of PTPTI is the--we think we can say famous--Misesian reductio ad absurdum.
You don't have a "proof; you have a reductio ad absurdum.
However, since Block did not construct a deductive counterargument against the claim that the principle of proportionality is built into the NAP, but instead resorted to an intuitive argument based on a thought experiment, I feel justified in replying with an equally intuition-based reductio ad absurdum.
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.
For Osborne, this reductio ad absurdum seemed so conclusive that there was no need to justify his controversial economic beliefs.
The reductio ad absurdum of Monaghan's apologists is the case of neoconservative Catholic Michael Novak, who has written in typically saccharine prose of the Founder's divine mission, then accepted a "Distinguished" professorship at the university.
It is a reductio ad absurdum of the instrumentalization of sexuality, one that was often implied anyway in modernity's pneumatic, mechanical model of human libido--that thing of impulses, blockages, and outlets.
And, if so, why not, reductio ad absurdum, begin monthly mammograms at age 15?