apagoge definition

  • noun:
    • An indirect debate which proves something by showing the impossibility or absurdity for the contrary.
    • An indirect argument which shows something by showing the impossibility or absurdity associated with the contrary.
    • In reasoning: Abduction (which see). The demonstration of a proposition by the refutation of the opposite (from Aristotle's ἡ εἰς το\ ἀδύνατον ἀπαγωγή, reduction into the impossible): generally called indirect evidence.
    • In mathematics, a progress or passageway in one proposition to another, whenever very first, having already been demonstrated, is required in showing the second.

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