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  • n. Plural form of paralogism.


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  • Manichæan Secundinus also reproaches him with comprehending nothing of the mysteries of Manichæism, and with attacking them only by mere paralogisms.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • It gives an explanation of the basic element of the syllogism, i.e., propositio, and of the syllogism, and then goes into mood and figure, the proper forms of syllogisms, and briefly deals with what are called paralogisms.

    Peter of Spain

  • Kant thus spends a considerable amount of time in the sections on the paralogisms noting repeatedly that no object is given in transcendental self-consciousness, and thus that the rational psychologist's efforts to discern features of the self, construed as a metaphysical entity, through reason alone are without merit.

    Kant's Critique of Metaphysics

  • He refers to the arguments designed to draw such conclusions, “transcendental paralogisms.”

    Kant's Critique of Metaphysics

  • The chief censor said that Galileo could publish his findings if he agreed to write a preface in which he qualified his theories as “dreams, nullities, paralogisms, and chimera.”


  • They that were most impatient of barbarisms, solecisms, and paralogisms in a sermon, could easily tolerate them in their life and conversation.

    The Reformed Pastor

  • In such matters we have to rely upon suppositions which, even if they are not exactly true, are yet not mani - festly contrary to experience, and in speaking of which we argue consistently, without falling into paralogisms ....

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • I shall, therefore, briefly give the reader a taste of some paralogisms that run from one end of it to the other, and then, in particular, roll away every stone that seems to be of any weight for the detaining captive the truth in whose vindication we are engaged: —

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • Fallacies, whether paralogisms or sophisms, may be divided into two classes: (a) the Formal, or those that can be shown to conflict with one or more of the truths of Logic, whether Deductive or Inductive; as if we attempt to prove an universal affirmative in the Third Figure; or to argue that, as the average expectation of life for males at the age of

    Logic Deductive and Inductive

  • I should be disposed to think that the truer explanation of such things is that they were neither quite paradoxes nor quite paralogisms; but the offspring of an innocent willingness to believe what he wished, and of an almost equally innocent desire to provoke the adversary.

    Matthew Arnold


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