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Antinomy
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An antinomy is a contradiction between two equally justified statements. This meaning of “antimony” in present-day philosophy and logic goes back to I. Kant; originally it denoted a conflict of laws. According to Kant, when human reason tries to explain the world metaphysically, it inevitably arrives at four antinomies or “conflicts.” These arise from four questions: (1) whether the world is of finite or infinite extent, (2) whether the number of its parts is finite or infinite, (3) whether or not there…

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Willaschek, Marcus, “Antinomy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00808>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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