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Single Idea 21454

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / L. Paradox / 3. Antinomies]

Full Idea

These sophistical assertions [the antinomies] open us a dialectical battlefield where each party will keep the upper hand as long as it is allowed to attack, and will certainly defeat that which is compelled to conduct itself merely defensively.

Gist of Idea

The battle of the antinomies is usually won by the attacker, and lost by any defender


Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781], B450/A423)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Critique of Pure Reason', ed/tr. Guyer,P /Wood,A W [CUO 1998], p.468

A Reaction

This seems related to the interesting question of where the 'onus of proof' lies in a major dispute. Kant's implication is that the battles are not rational, if they are settled in such a fashion.