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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s Defense: A Reductio Ad Absurdum of the Economics of Ronald Coase and Richard Posner," European Journal of Law and Economics 3: 265-286.
While they all have their moments, none of the regulars stand out of the roll-call line--it's the ensemble cast reductio ad absurdum, a collection of working stiffs just as fated by birth to their dirty career as the criminals are to theirs.
In situations of reductio ad absurdum reasoning, the operative principle of procedure is: "Restore consistency while preserving at all cost what is already established, sacrificing, if need be, your initial conflict-generating assumption to this body of preestablished fact.
To any but those who are convinced that their celestial rewards depend upon a slavish allegiance to the Bible's inerrancy, these axioms and corollaries comprise a reductio ad absurdum of "Scientific Creationism.
The greatest opposition to bimetallism came from the moneyed classes, who were never tired of evoking Gresham's Law (1558), according to which |bad money drives out good', thus leading bimetallism ad absurdum.
Bogart's works seem designed to confront, to reduce the spectator to a minor character in their "act," like action paintings brilliantly carried to reductio ad absurdum.
In a way, this is a reductio ad absurdum of the postmodernist creed that no "text" is truly superior to any other.
Very well acted and beautifully directed by actor Saul Rubinek in his helming debut, this reductio ad absurdum of a shopworn mini-genre is too rarefied and conceptual in nature to go far with the general public, but a good reception in limited release will give it the rep it needs to enjoy a decent afterlife.
And the argument is carried ad absurdum by Poland's anti-Semitism without Jews.
Viewed through the lens of Hagan's historical exposition, America's big carrier navy can be seen to be a reductio ad absurdum.
Not a few televiewers have complained about local TV dramas' penchant for showing the same old faces and talents over and over again, ad nauseam and ad absurdum.
Maybe the best way to learn something from the Deaf Pride movement is to see it as a reductio ad absurdum of modern identity politics," she writes.
In short, American Psycho is Less Than Zero reductio ad absurdum, so why was one called "documentary" and "fascinating" but the other condemned as "the most misogynistic communication" we've seen and "exploitive junk"?
Frankly, we've had it up to here with all of the pseudo Korean "cowboy" imitators who have jumped on the "gaya-gaya Gangnam" bandwagon and have been dancing their versions of it, not just in front of the TV set at home, but also at school and office parties, ad nauseam and ad absurdum.
Luser pushes this idea of permanent surveillance ad absurdum, because it is not self-discipline but, rather, liberation from hierarchies and loss of control that guide him: His panopticon lies in the system of "automatic writing.