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.
I think this was where things finally hit the reducio ad absurdum level.
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).
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.
After a brief restatement of PTPTI, we will proceed to analyze the first argument: namely, that by performing a reduction ad absurdum on the time-preference principle we obtain the unacceptable result that man must never act or consume, or, which is the same, man must always prefer the future (other things equal).
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.
Festival goers will learn about coping with terminal illness in Speed Grieving; experience a touching father-daughter journey that investigates the role of women in religion in Lone Samaritan; and be entranced by an optical illusion in Hyperlightness ad absurdum.
Highlighting the reduction ad absurdum case of Nauru, he questions why an eight-square-mile Pacific atoll with a population of 11,000 would focus a quarter of its legislation passed in the last decade on money laundering when faced with so many more pressing needs.