Reductio Ad Absurdum

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Reductio Ad Absurdum

[Latin, Reduction to absurdity.] In logic, a method employed to disprove an argument by illustrating how it leads to an absurd consequence.

See: counterargument
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This indirect argument for limiting domestic presidential powers is found in The Powers of War and Peace's short and likely to be overlooked conclusion that deals with President Franklin Roosevelt's "court packing" plan that led to the "switch in time that saved nine.
If, in addition to directly advocating an expansive foreign affairs role for the President, The Powers of War and Peace also offers an indirect argument for limiting the President's domestic powers, then it is could be even more controversial than Senator Biden suspected.
The possessor provides another means of expressing indirect arguments in the Mayan languages, but there are significant differences in the constraints on its use.
The use of the *-b'e suffix was optional; indirect arguments could also surface as relational noun phrases headed by the preposition *chi, or as possessors of the direct object.