What is paradox?

  • (noun): (logic) a self-contradiction.
    Example: "'I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false"


A paradox is a statement or group of statements that leads to a contradiction or a situation which (if true) defies logic or reason, similar to circular reasoning. Typically, however, quoted paradoxical statements do not imply a real contradiction and the puzzling results can be rectified by demonstrating that one or more of the premises themselves are not really true, a play on words, faulty and/or cannot all be true together. But many paradoxes, such as Curry's paradox, do not yet have universally accepted resolutions. The word paradox is often used interchangeably with contradiction. Literary and other artistic uses of paradoxes imply no contradiction and may be used to describe situations that are ironic. Sometimes the term paradox is used for situations that are merely surprising. An example of a paradox is "This statement is false.", and is explained below.

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Famous quotes containing the word paradox:

    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.
    James Baldwin (1924–1987)

    A good aphorism is too hard for the teeth of time and is not eaten up by all the centuries, even though it serves as food for every age: hence it is the greatest paradox in literature, the imperishable in the midst of change, the nourishment which—like salt—is always prized, but which never loses its savor as salt does.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    When a paradox is widely believed, it is no longer recognized as a paradox.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)