noun (plural antinomies)
A contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox.
- According to Kant, antinomies are not genuine contradictions, since both of the propositions that constitute them are false, being based on a false assumption.
- Thus, Frege himself concluded that the antinomy was due to unclarities in the symbolism Russell used to formulate the paradox.
- Although the result is a non-standard account of geometry as an inexact science, Hume thinks that he thereby preserves reason from otherwise irresolvable antinomies.
Late 16th century (in the sense 'a conflict between two laws'): from Latin antinomia, from Greek, from anti 'against' + nomos 'law'.
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