reductio ad absurdum

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Synonyms for reductio ad absurdum

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

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If we continue to operate on the premises that were fashionable in the pre-cybernetic era, and which were especially underlined and strengthened during the Industrial Revolution, which seemed to validate the Darwinian unit of survival, we may have twenty or thirty years before the logical reductio ad absurdum of our old positions destroys us.
The arbitrary renormalization process and reductio ad absurdum practiced by natural science cannot resolve the contradiction of the infinite; it only leads to more and more contradictions and a dependence on ever more mysteries and theology, as we observe in modern theoretical natural science.
This is also where the strategy of reducto ad absurdum gives out for me.
One of the most forceful and elegant arguments in favor of PTPTI is the--we think we can say famous--Misesian reductio ad absurdum.
Moreover, Block attempts a reductio ad absurdum of my position on the basis of the following supposed analogy:
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.
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?
In the end, his is a variation on the poetics of the fragment, in which a reductio ad absurdum only demonstrates the futility of any attempt to construct the "grand narratives" of modernity.
Second, it is important to follow out these implications to learn whether or not they lead to a reductio ad absurdum (reduction to absurdity).
There is even a discussion of Hume's reductio ad absurdum of miracles, and Augustine's view in contrast.
Emmanuel Levinas, in the reductio ad absurdum of Enlightenment thought, may tell us that our duty to strangers can be no less than our duty to loved ones, but no one, possibly not even Levinas, would behave as if this were true if called upon to rescue either strangers or loved ones from a burning building.
The exercise is its own reductio ad absurdum, an exercise in comedy, like the high school game of adding "between the sheets" to the titles of hymns--high meeting low for yucks: "Amazing Grace Between the Sheets"; "Rock of Ages Between the Sheets"; or, given the news out of Boston lately, "Jesus Loves the Little Children Between the Sheets.