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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Students do not have the necessary strategies to solve problems in which Reductio ad Absurdum is involved yet.
Arguably, the spirit of the reductio ad absurdum argument is kept in these statements in terms of interest.
Rather, this is the reductio ad absurdum we claim is a logical implication of what they did say.
Another common technique of refutation is reductio ad absurdum, taking an argument to its logical conclusion, showing that it leads to an absurd result, and concluding therefore that the argument's premise should be rejected.
There, Burke subjects pure formalism to a reductio ad absurdum by arguing that that no formalist who draws on any knowledge of the social circumstances of a literary text or the personal circumstances of the author is being true to his or her first principles: 'Absolutely no biographical reference would be admissible.
His model of the eucharist is a prime example, where his description sounds like a reductio ad absurdum against his own view when he states that "the soul of the believer literally eats and drinks the infinite divine spirit of Jesus, thus respectively satisfying the soul's literal hunger and quenching the soul's literal thirst" (221, italics mine).
The rule-following considerations provide a reductio ad absurdum of the normativity assumption itself.
Dancy, denies that Euthyphro 6e10-8a8 follows the structure of a reductio ad absurdum.
To postulate the absence of a credit bubble in the middle of this decade is thus a reductio ad absurdum, irrespective of how one assesses bankers' or households' "moral compass.
That is a reductio ad absurdum - it is murder of the worst possible kind.
Meanwhile, Stravinsky considered Klangfarbenmelodie a reductio ad absurdum, saying it reminds him of the nineteenth-century valveless horn bands in Russia where each musician played but a single note (p.