The arguments of those who maintain that the Apology was composed during the process, resting on no evidence, do not require a serious refutation
The position is too absurd to merit a refutation
, and yet this is precisely the position which those must establish who contend that the trial by juries in civil cases is abolished, because it is expressly provided for in cases of a criminal nature.
Newman pointed to the empty glass, as though it were a sufficient refutation
of the charge, and briefly said that he was going downstairs to supper.
The natural divisions are five in number;--( 1) Book I and the first half of Book II down to the paragraph beginning, "I had always admired the genius of Glaucon and Adeimantus," which is introductory; the first book containing a refutation
of the popular and sophistical notions of justice, and concluding, like some of the earlier Dialogues, without arriving at any definite result.
Each of his "Lives" is a refutation
to the despondency and cowardice of our religious and political theorists.
And in his action I found complete refutation
of all Wolf Larsen's materialism.
Zarathustra CREATED the most portentous error, MORALITY, consequently he should also be the first to PERCEIVE that error, not only because he has had longer and greater experience of the subject than any other thinker--all history is the experimental refutation
of the theory of the so-called moral order of things:--the more important point is that Zarathustra was more truthful than any other thinker.
It affords no theoretical refutation
of the sceptic, whose position must remain logically unassailable; but if complete scepticism is rejected, it gives the practical method by which the system of our beliefs grows gradually towards the unattainable ideal of impeccable knowledge.
But sailors don't wear tennis shoes," was Billy's prompt refutation
Candy--without your own knowledge--as a practical refutation
of the opinions which you had expressed to him at the birthday dinner.
I can prove beyond the power of refutation
," the naturalist eagerly exclaimed, "by Paley, Berkeley, ay, even by the immortal Binkerschoek, that a compactum, concluded while one of the parties, be it a state or be it an individual, is in durance--"
But that same Nature has the deep cunning which hides itself under the appearance of openness, so that simple people think they can see through her quite well, and all the while she is secretly preparing a refutation
of their confident prophecies.