antinomy

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From Ancient Greek ἀντί (antí, against) + νόμος (nómos, custom, law). Surface analysis anti- (opposite) +‎ -nomy (law)

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antinomy (plural antinomies)

  1. An apparent contradiction between valid conclusions; a paradox

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  • Kant used antinomy (Critique of Pure Reason, Bloom translation) to speak of two valid conclusions that appeared to contradict each other, but that could be resolved when it was seen that they were from two distinct and exclusive sets. So no paradox exists, only the inappropriate application of an idea from one set—being applied to another—causes a seeming paradox.

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