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.
Moreover, Block attempts a reductio ad absurdum of my position on the basis of the following supposed analogy:
Rather, this is the reductio ad absurdum we claim is a logical implication of what they did say.
For critics of this approach to government, anarchism aims at a reductio ad absurdum: the libertarian argument will inevitably lead one to the conclusion that there should be no state at all.
There is even a discussion of Hume's reductio ad absurdum of miracles, and Augustine's view in contrast.
* In Tetrachordon, Milton uses, he believes, a reductio ad absurdum argument to ridicule those who fear abuses so much that they would forbid all divorce: "If the importation of wine and the use of all strong drink were forbid, it would both clean rid the possibility of committing that odious vice [of drunkenness], and men might afterwards live happily and healthfully, without the use of those intoxicating liquors.
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."
Con tinas dosis de humor e ironia y a traves de un uso magistral de la paradoja y de la reductio ad absurdum, Chesterton desenmascara la falsedad de algunas criticas extendidas contra la Iglesia catolica, o senala sin tapujos las afirmaciones erroneas sobre la religion, el sentido de la historia, la evolucion del hombre, etc., originadas en cosmovisiones cientificistas, materialistas o agnosticas.
This is a kind of reductio ad absurdum, but it points to the problem poets are experiencing in the early 21st Century.
Therefore, the conclusions and recommendations regarding atherosclerosis treatment and prevention, formulated on the basis of cell culture experiments discussed above, can be disproven by reductio ad absurdum: pharmacologic agents with an "anti-atherogenic" effect in cell cultures should be expected to have a pro-atherogenic effect in vivo.
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.