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An expression in law and logic to indicate that two authorities, laws, or propositions are inconsistent with each other.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ANTINOMY. A term used in the civil law to signify the real or apparent contradiction between two laws or two decisions. Merl. Repert. h.t. Vide Conflict of Laws.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Read in the dual fashion appropriate to an antinomic conception of
Religious time or the return of time in Faustus echoes a Judaic existentialist conception of life that manifests itself in the antinomic relation between two selves, i.e.
Together, the disenchantment of form and the appearance of an enchanted ideal engender the antinomic heart of the romantic ideology.
Finally, the text shifts to a 'dialectical' perspective in order to derive that there is a necessary relationship between the sensible and supersensible categories, which are redetermined in this section as antinomic aspects of the same underlying social relation (1990, pp.
According to Jerome Bruner (1996), the answer is antinomic, "pairs of large truths, which though both may be true, nonetheless contradict each other" (p.
From the Unpolitical to biopolitics, through the antinomic dialectic between community and immunity: these are the basic crossroads of a line of research which has been pursued for at least the last two decades and which, as my latest book on the notion of impersonal reveals, is far from being exhausted.
The sublime then appears as the only form of representing experiences of antinomic nature, superimposing the absent on the present and the past experience on the immediacy of intense "newness."
Western identity has an antinomic character: although its essence is defined by universalistic liberal values, it is nonetheless the result of a particular historical process of cultural genesis.
Not only in science fiction but in postmodern fiction in general, the chronoclasm becomes a significant narrative paradigm, generating the elaborate spatial forms of textual organization that Brian Richardson describes as "circular," "antinomic" (reversed), and "dual or multiple" time-lines (Richardson 49-51).
To this representation of the role of violence in history (which also became an element of Marxism), identified with the suffering of "giving birth," a particular tradition from the Kabbalah adds a specifically antinomic dimension: the messianic era is not only that of the reunification in divinity of parts of the world that has been "broken" since the creation; it is also--with a view to "hastening the end"--that of an inversion of the law or its realization through its transgression ("it is by violating the Torah that one accomplishes it"), a specific form of "the activism [which takes] utopia as a lever in the aim of establishing a messianic kingdom"--however undecided the figure of the messiah himself may be.
It has "antinomic structure." We know another word for this kind of idea: paradox.
Esposito's elaboration of a philosophy that would depart from both Agamben's reduction of biopolitics to 'an antinomic repetition of the sovereign power's lethal paradigm' and Negri's identification of biopolitics with 'a power of life that is always excessive and finally subversive' is commendable and to a large degree successful.