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.

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If the argument were a reductio ad absurdum, then, according to Dancy, Socrates would have responded much differently than he does.
11) It is at least awkward for nonoriginalists to consider the rejection of precedent a reductio ad absurdum of originalism when they themselves would favor rejecting the precedent of Plessy in favor of Brown come hell or high water.
This reductio ad absurdum argument reminds us that one's "participation" in wrongful deeds can be so remote, so unintentional, and so inconsequential as to lead us to conclude that it is not really even "participation.
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In what is perhaps the reductio ad absurdum of the Jungian approach, Reid-Pharr takes the total absence of black gay men from Baldwin's Giovanni's Room as proof of our centrality to the story: "The question of blackness, precisely because of its very apparent absence, screams out at the turn of every page.
It is, of course, "gravity" as a reductio ad absurdum deep in the scheme of things, that Camus's Sisyphus battles in pushing his boulder up the hill, and that inexorably brings the boulder back down to the value-negating nihil where he began his struggle.
My defense of the soundness of A is meant as a reductio ad absurdum argument against the plausibility of standard Christian soteriology and, by extension, against standard Christianity itself.
Neither group, in short, is happy when prolife or prochoice seems to require a require a reductio ad absurdum or that i nflexible, insensitive moral rules be pursued regardless of consequence.
The Prasangikas, following Nagarjuna, had no philosophical system of their own, but confined their activity to demolishing their opponent's positions in a relentless campaign of reductio ad absurdum.
That will complete the reductio ad absurdum that ``educators'' such as Zacarias have begun.
One might have thought the idea of "same-sex marriage" was a joke, a reductio ad absurdum of the continuing campaign to obliterate the idea of the normal.