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  Paradox - Encyclopedia.WorldSearch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
A paradox is an apparently true statement or group of statements that seems to lead to a contradiction or to a situation that defies intuition, such as "This statement is false".
Paradoxes which are not based on a hidden error generally happen at the fringes of context or language, and require extending the context (or language) to lose their paradox quality.
Nihilist paradox: If truth does not exist, the statement "truth does not exist" is a truth, thereby proving itself incorrect.
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 Paradox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
A paradox is an apparently true statement that seems to lead to an illogical contradiction, or to a situation that contradicts common intuition.
Put simply, a paradox is 'the opposite of what one thinks to be true.' The identification of a paradox based on seemingly simple and reasonable concepts has often led to significant advances in science, philosophy and mathematics.
The etymology of paradox can be traced back to texts appearing at the dawn of the renaissance, a period of accelerated scientific thought in Europe and Asia sometime after the year 1500 AD.
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 Paradox Information - TextSheet.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
A paradox is an apparently true statement that seems to lead to a logical self-contradiction, or to a situation that contradicts common intuition.
Elevator paradox: Elevators can seem to be mostly going in one direction, as if they were being manufactured on the roof, and disassembled in the basement.
Simpson's paradox: An association in sub-populations may be reversed in the population.
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 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Nihilist political philosophy rejected all religious and political authority, social traditions and traditional morality as standing in opposition to freedom, the ultimate ideal.
Lyotard argues that, rather than relying on an objective truth or method to prove their claim (logic, empiricism, etc.), philosophies legitimize their truths by reference to a story about the world which is inseparable from the age and system the stories belong to.
Nietzsche is referred to as a nihilist in part because he famously announced "God is dead!" What he meant by this oft-repeated announcement was not that God has passed away in a literal sense, but that we don't believe in God anymore, that even those of us who profess faith in God really don't believe.
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 Nihilism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the world of ethics, nihilist or nihilistic is often used as a derogatory word referring to a complete rejection of all systems of authority, morality, and social custom, or one who purportedly makes such a rejection.
Either through the rejection of previously accepted bases of belief or through extreme relativism or skepticism, the nihilist is construed as one who believes that none of these claims to power are valid, and often that they should be fought against.
Though it is often described as a fundamentally nihilist philosophy, before entering a brief discussion on postmodern thought it is important to note that nihilism itself is open to postmodern criticism: nihilism is a claim to a universal truth, exactly what postmodernism rejects.
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 Nihilism as Holy Grail   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Nihilist realism is a grasp of reality that preserves our knowledge of the abstract structure of the cosmos, and thus avoids the blockhead interpretation of realism as literal materialism.
Most nihilists are not inclined to violence, but where it is the right tool to better a situation, they would have no moral prohibition against it.
This ultimately is the paradox of nihilism: as a philosophy, it is a gateway to an understanding of cosmic order as it is, not the creation of an alternate cosmic order (God/morality) with which to compel others to act for the benefit of the individual.
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A paradox is an apparently true statement or group of statements that seems to lead to a contradiction or to a situation that defies intuition.
The word ''paradox'' is often used interchangeably with ''contradiction''; but where a contradiction by definition cannot be true, many paradoxes do allow of resolution, though many remain unresolved or only contentiously resolved (such as Curry's_paradox).
For instance, an ethical admonition to "love thy neighbour" is not just in contrast with, but in contradiction to an armed neighbour actively trying to kill you: if he or she succeeds, you will not be able to love him or her.
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The nihilists enjoyed shocking their parents by calling for an end to the old moral system, advocating, for instance, the extermination of everybody in Russia over the age of 25.
Yet the attitude of a nihilist is contradictory to this because they desire to discern a more accurate understanding of reality at the moment not as they wish to see which is the tragically typical way divorced from evidence and reasoned hypothesis.
The nihilist undergoes a personal evolution and has proven themselves the mental superiors to the herd and mob, they have proven their will and 'license' for continued existence and have successfully escaped from the circus of values.
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 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Later, anarchist 4 and freemason Mikhail Bakunin 1 developed nihilist thought 6 in opposition to Karl 6 Marx's political philosophy, 6 which Bakunin saw 9 as inevitably leading 2 to a totalitarian state.
Nihilist 3 political philosophy rejected 3 all religious and 9 political authority, social 2 traditions, and traditional 3 morality as standing 7 in opposition to 8 freedom, the ultimate 3 ideal.
According to the nihilist, the world 5 and especially human 6 existence are without meaning, 4 purpose, comprehensable truth, 8 or essential value.
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 Ephilosopher :: General Philosophy Forum :: An Escape from Nihilism?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Nietzsche, the one so many call THE nihilist, presents a grand and wise argument for this point:: he points out the most important facet of nihilism.
The nihilist paradox: Nihilism is often described as a belief in the nonexistence of truth.
Maybe if I was a nihilist and thought I had the answer I would be depressed too, as if I had it I can't imagine I would see much need to have a pursuit of truth.
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 The Secret Teachings of Christ
We know from the famous ‘double-slit’ experiment, that even light itself is a mysterious paradoxical phenomena, existing as both a particle and a wave at the same time.
The unequivocal Truth is that the traditional paradoxes of religion have become the paradoxes of science.
Paradox and metaphor are used by Christ because the secrets of our universe and of His teachings (one and the same) require it.
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 What is Nihilism? | CounterOrder.com
By modern standards the Nihilists attempts at revolution were inconsistent and mostly ineffective - lobbing low quality munitions at the Czar and his family and often getting themselves blown up in the process.
The mark left by the Russian Nihilists was not in ephemeral political change but rather a revolution of ideas and attitudes, one that still resonates today.
The nihilist realizes that history is often abused and misconstrued through the formation of artificial lines and erroneous connections between disparate events only to substantiate preconceived interpretations of reality, the classic teleological myth.
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 Paradox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
These issues are dealt with in the article on ethical paradox.
Arrow's parado/Voting parado/Codorcet paradox: You can't have all the attributes of an ideal voting system at once
Grelling-Nelson paradox: Is the word "heterodox", meaning "not applicable to itself," a heterodox word?
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 NIHILISM FACTS AND INFORMATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ray also argues that the Russian equivalent ''nigilizm'' that appeared in 1829 was an impulse to penetration of the term into modern language.
While few philosophers would claim to be nihilists, nihilism is most often associated with Friedrich_Nietzsche.
In its most extreme form, such a belief is difficult to justify, because it contains a variation on the liar_paradox: if it is true that truth does not exist, the statement "truth does not exist" is in itself ''not'' a truth, thereby proving itself incorrect.
www.witwib.com /?s=Nihilism   (2461 words)

 Thylazine: The Australian Journal of Arts, Ethics & Literature: Issue No.10: Australian Poetry Book Reviews - The ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Nihilist Line is divided into 10 parts, each part preceded by a short symbolic creationist narrative which, in turn, gives rise to a kind of magic realism that is lifting out of Wattison's domestic world (offered as daughter, wife and mother in various modes/roles of being).
The poetry does not suggest that any domestic complications arose because of her extra-marital activities (on three occasions Meredith crossed the nihilist line) but is presented as an attack upon 'boredom' within the marriage itself.
The containment of Wattison within the paradox of her domestic situation involves a dedication to vamped up kitchen and parlour room ethics: constantly I am asked to have an interest in her dress sense and culinary skills though sex in the kitchen can be dangerous, I couldn't think of anywhere I'd rather be...
www.thylazine.org /thyla10/mwbook.html   (924 words)

 The voice of Shakespeare, the heart of a nihilist | Feb 19, 1999
Locked in the Tower of London, dispossessed of his crown, Richard II murmurs into the darkness, "Thus play I in one person many people/ And none contented." Even moments before his death, Richard remains an actor, preparing his lines and toying with possible interpretations.
Such a contradictory response is just what one would demand from a production of a play that traffics in paradox to the extent that Richard II does.
Bardolators might take issue with the way Paraskevopoulos cuts a quick, decisive swath through many of Richard's speeches, which even in the depths of his despair are outbursts of opulent, even exuberant verbosity.
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 Nihilism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Either through the rejection of previously accepted bases of belief or through extreme relativism or skepticism, the nihilist believes that none of these claims to power are valid, and often that they should be fought against.
"And we," he says in The Gay Science, "have killed him." Nietzsche also recognized that, even though he viewed Christian morality as nihilistic, without God humanity is left with no epistemological or moral base from which we can derive absolute beliefs.
Some have taken this warning as a polemic against 19th and 20th century scientism as well.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/nihilism   (2135 words)

 Paradoxes - curiouser.co.uk
Below is a list of paradoxes which you might be interest to research, some of which may be featured at curiouser.co.uk in due course.
Grandfather paradox: You travel back in time and kill your grandfather before he meets your grandmother, resulting in your never being conceived.
St. Petersburg paradox: Can it be rational to refuse a small finite entry fee for a game with a possible infinite pay off?
www.curiouser.co.uk /paradoxes   (549 words)

 Paradox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Thus a paradox is (theoretically) solvable given more information, while a contradiction (literally, "speak contrary") is (theoretically) insolvable on the basis of the information that has already been received.
St. Petersburg paradox: People will only offer a modest fee for a reward of infinite value.
Dollyknot's Paradox: A paradox is something that contradicts itself - therefore it is not a paradox.
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 The Paradox of ONE
The only way to get a handle on paradox is to consider the various Points of view.
For the Divine Paradox this means considering the Relative and the Absolute points of view.
Nudda woids, it wasn't a "brush aside" thing, so much as a "vision thing", a reminder that one needs to hold both sides of a paradox at once, else we become half-wise, and our goal eludes us.
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 Newcomb's Paradox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The following description of Newcomb's Paradox is quoted from the book, Labyrinths of Reason by William Poundstone.
Newcomb's paradox goes like this: A psychic claims to have the ability to predict your thoughts and actions days in advance.
The one that I recommend is: Paradoxes of Rationality and Cooperation, Edited by Richmond Campbell and Lanning Sowden, UBC Press, 1985.
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 The Politically Incorrect Show - 21/10/1999 - The Free Radical Online
Nothing, says modern philosophy, is sacred - therefore, music, that most potent inducer of the sense of the sacred, must be brought down to the level where the world's leading cellist records duets with motorway traffic.
The irony is that motorway traffic IS sacred, as a testament to the efficacy of the human mind - but it is NOT music, and only in an atonal, nihilist age would a talented musician like Yo Yo Ma regard recording duets with it as a legitimate musical enterprise.
Ayn Rand spoke of the "sacred" as the "total passion for the total height." Our age worships the "total passion for the total depth" (except that it is impossible to feel "passion" for such a thing).
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 Gorgias [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
A Greek sophist and rhetorician, known as "the Nihilist," a native of Leontini in Sicily.
He survived Socrates, who died in 399, and ended his days at Larissa in Thessaly in his hundred and fifth year.
Gorgias's nihilistic philosophy was expressed in his work, On Nature, or the Non-existent, the title of which suggests the sophistical love of paradox.
www.utm.edu /research/iep/g/gorgias.htm   (652 words)

 Integralism: Love and Nihilism: Nihilism
Also false is the idea that it was objective, as it originated in his mind.
This is part of the mind/body dualistic paradox that causes us to perceive either that our thoughts are more real than our world, or that we must not act to change our external world because it is divided from our thoughts.
When nihilism is understood in this context, it can no longer be seen as a desired end state of indifference to events, as it is defined in the vernacular.
www.anus.com /zine/philosophy/index_nihilism.html   (1121 words)

 The Cynic's Guide to the Way Things Work
Like, "It is expensive to be a real nihilist, just look at how much it costs"- Jeffrey Rowland.
Although, if you're a true nihilist, neither of those matters anyways.
Really, I like nihilism because of the interesting paradox of saying you believe in nothing.
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 village voice > film > The Real Cancun; Identity by Dennis Lim
Are we to expect a theory of consciousness or a Sartrean paradox?
Eventually you realize nothingness is the operative word.
Identity becomes a nihilist project in Usual Suspects mode: Nothing is as it seems, because nothing matters in the least.
www.villagevoice.com /issues/0318/lim.php   (502 words)

 Summa Dementia: December 19, 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
They view Saddam as a suicidal nihilist who is crazy enough to attack us.
Saddam commits evil for the very same reasons you commit evil.
There is another very good reason why Saddam is not a suicidal nihilist: if he was, he could never have become dictator of Iraq.
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Lange has manipulated her subjects, to imply that a poor mother with two children (an average amount) will be capable to lead her family(doesn't her face express it?) out of their state of suffering, into the more prosperous future, if she is given the chance.
Online articles, many of the most famous, and a taxonomy of paradoxes.
('This sentence is false' is one everyone knows; 'the smallest number which can only be described in more than fourteen words' is clearly paradoxical; 'if truth does not exist, the statement "truth does not exist" is a truth' is the so-called 'nihilist paradox').
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