paradox

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n paradox (logic) a statement that contradicts itself "`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n paradox păr"ȧ*dŏks A tenet or proposition contrary to received opinion; an assertion or sentiment seemingly contradictory, or opposed to common sense; that which in appearance or terms is absurd, but yet may be true in fact. "A gloss there is to color that paradox , and make it appear in show not to be altogether unreasonable.""This was sometime a paradox , but now the time gives it proof."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paradox A statement or proposition which at first view seems absurd, or at variance with common sense, or which actually or apparently contradicts some ascertained truth or received opinion, though on investigation or when explained it may appear to be well founded. As a rhetorical figure its use is well exemplified in the first quotation.
    • n paradox The platypus or water-mole, Ornithorhynchus paradoxus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paradox par′a-doks that which is contrary to received opinion, or that which is apparently absurd but really true
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Quotations

  • James Baldwin
    James%20Baldwin
    “The paradox of education is precisely this -- that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.”
  • George Eliot
    George%20Eliot
    “But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.”
  • Friedrich Schlegel
    Friedrich%20Schlegel
    “Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.”
  • Vaclav Havel
    Vaclav%20Havel
    “The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it.”
  • Mother Teresa
    Mother%20Teresa
    “I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”
  • George Eliot
    George%20Eliot
    “Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. paradoxe, L. paradoxum, fr. Gr. para`doxon; para` beside, beyond, contrary to + dokei^n to think, suppose, imagine. See Para-, and Dogma
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. and L., from Gr. paradoxonpara, contrary to, doxa, an opinion.

Usage

In literature:

Paradoxically, but very practically, it followed that his introductions were the longer of the two.
"The Victorian Age in Literature" by G. K. Chesterton
But undeniably the position is very paradoxical.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
The paradox was too humiliating to be endured!
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
The paradox of history is that every struggle leads to firmer unity.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
But here comes the paradox of Shaw; the greatest of all his paradoxes and the one of which he is unconscious.
"George Bernard Shaw" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
That is the peculiarity and paradox of Christian faith.
"History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
The answers to these questions appear paradoxical.
"History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
A paradox there is here, but a paradox of language, and not of fact.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
The protectionists may suppose me in a paradoxical humor, for I go farther still.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
The string of paradoxes, which it would be easy to apply to Richardson, would turn upon a different point.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
We find the meaning of the paradox, 'Whose service is perfect freedom.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
Hence perhaps its paradoxical appearance as an increase of both joy and distress.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
But the paradox remains that Arthur is more real than Alfred.
"A Short History of England" by G. K. Chesterton
Yet another paradox attaches to the Christian life, inasmuch as God cleanses us, but we have to cleanse ourselves.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The Stoic in woman has been seen once only, and that in the only woman in whom there has been seen the paradox of passion without sensuousness.
"Figures of Several Centuries" by Arthur Symons
Police supervision is paradoxical.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
The paradox of George Hazlitt lay in the fact that he was himself a dreamer.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
This seeming paradox can perhaps best be explained by some experiments I have been making with sawdust.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
As gauges of general knowledge, scientific hoaxes have their uses, just as paradoxical works have.
"Myths and Marvels of Astronomy" by Richard A. Proctor
This had been no paradox in her case; but then, as I said, her twenty-five years of wedlock had been years of courtship.
"Hortus Vitae" by Violet Paget, AKA Vernon Lee
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In poetry:

For such a tempering task,
heat furnace of paradox
in an artifice of ice;
make love and logic mix,
and remember, if tedious risk
seems to jeopardize this:
"Notes To A Neophyte" by Sylvia Plath
III A Paradox To tryst Love blindfold goes, for fear
He should not see, and eyeless night
He chooses still for breathing near
Beauty, that lives but in the sight.
"The Angel In The House. Book II. Canto III." by Coventry Patmore
All sentiment he safely locks
Within; and jokes unnerve him;
No soap or any other box
As pedestal would serve him.
He'd analyse a paradox;
And jibes can never swerve him.
"'Jack'" by C J Dennis
Ag. Now, me thinks, I could confute a Colledge of Divines,
A Synod of Doctors, a Lycaeum of Philosophers;
Yet me thinkes my braines are not right,
And somewhat too weake to maintaine a paradox.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act II" by Ralph Knevet
For thence,—a paradox
Which comforts while it mocks,—
Shall life succeed in that it seems to fail:
What I aspired to be,
And was not, comforts me:
A brute I might have been, but would not sink i' the scale.
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning
It's strange, dear Author, yet it true is,
That down from Pharamond to Louis
All covet life, yet call it pain,
And feel the ill, yet shun the cure:
Can sense this paradox endure?
Resolve me, Cambray, or Fontaine.
"Written In The Beginning Of Mezeray's History Of France" by Matthew Prior

In news:

Today, wedged between the old and the new, the natural and the modern, Panama is a country of both paradox and transition.
The Paradox of Hope The Nation.
The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary " Paradox " explores these questions in the work of the artists Allora & Calzadilla, Mark Bradford, Robert Ryman, and Catherine Sullivan.
Style with a dash of whimsy at the new Hotel Paradox .
Is Hotel Paradox actually paradoxical, as its name would suggest.
The question is, will we allow ourselves to be defeated by our paradoxes or energized by them.
Paradox Routing Tool (PART) is a Windows based application that can help with distribution network design, territory planning, shipment consolidation and carrier mode selection, and vehicle routing and scheduling.
The Affordable Zoning Paradox .
Paradox of hunger in Niger.
Content tagged with "automation paradox ".
Be ready for the paradoxical phase of Barack Obama's presidency.
The paradox of Peter Sagan.
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Big Bear Choppers first introduced the Paradox model in 2008.
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In science:

The paradox is resolved by noting that the J 2 operator is T invariant, and states of good J , transform as T |JM h= (−)J +M |J − M i .
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
Next we attempt to model the same paradox syntactically in (TL|TL).
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
As with other paradoxes, we can resolve this by realizing that the physical assumptions are correct; the problem is caused by probability theory itself.
Physics with exotic probability theory
The resolution of this seeming paradox is that it is the equations of motion which are actually real.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
Paradox regained: “Constructive Provability” and the “Gödelian” proposition 4.6.
Paradox regained: Life beyond Goedel's shadow
CTCs suggest the possibility of time-travel with its well-known paradoxes.
Closed timelike curves in general relativity
An approximate proportionality between configurational and total excess entropies could be a possible explanation of the paradox.
Can experiments select the configurational component of excess entropy?
While an explicit physical “clock” paradox may not be available, neither acceleration nor the complex motion of interference can be modeled by linear coordinate transformations.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
The conclusion is a bit of paradox: as R → 0 closed strings would be still propagating in D-dimensional space-time, while the theory of open strings will be (D − 1)-dimensional.
String Theory or Field Theory?
Accardi L., The probabilistic roots of the quantum mechanical paradoxes.
Representation theorem for obsevables on a quantum logic
Parametric amplifiers have been widely used to experimentally demonstrate the nonlocality of quantum mechanics in versions of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox [20, 51].
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
In that paper he showed that in a cartesian closed category satisfying certain conditions, paradoxical phenomena can occur.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
The best part of this unified scheme is that it shows that there are really no paradoxes.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
We are in a sense saying the same thing about Russell’s paradox.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
This paradox can also be formulated with our scheme.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
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