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

See: inconsistency, opposition, paradox

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.

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What he did was to show that the two statements constituting the antinomy are equally provable philosophically.
consciousness of the substance-procedure antinomy happened to coincide
Law is constituted by an antinomy 'in which it is both utterly dependent [and] yet still itself surpassingly responsive'.
A good test is the extent to which we can resolve the antinomy of liberalism.
We are, it seems, left with the idea of the suppression of the social, of a contradiction elevated to the status of an antinomy, a return to what Lukacs called 'the greatest obstacle to understanding history', that is, the 'Enlightenment's conception of man's [sic] unalterable nature'.
The complexity of this antinomy is not even superficially considered and as Brooke's writing is incapable of tearing itself away from an epistemology more naive than that of Austen herself, so it is unable to make any critical headway.
What if the contradiction between unifying sympathy and divisive criticism was not a fruitful tension but an unresolvable antinomy of the public sphere, one that reflects problems with how the theory and the institution wishes to erase the contestation that constitutes it?
A metalanguage helps language-users detect and steer clear of expressions whose semantic polyfunctionality yields, among other pernicious paradoxes, the antinomy of the liar.
Rather than confront this antinomy, the theory Addis develops rests on the idea that as a quasi-natural representation of feelings and emotions, the symbolizing relation between music's properties in the physical realm and the mental properties of the emotions inheres in the natures of both.
Merlan attacks this antinomy indicating that there is no original condition of traditional stasis in relation to which 'change' can he assessed.
The thing to be stressed here, however, is that de Man not only takes as his "theoretical" point of departure the antinomy of form and content, an antinomy within whose terms the literary object must appear to all "reified consciousness.