Self-Refuting and Self-Stultifying Statements

By Mike Robinson

irrationalYour own wickedness will correct you, and your backslidings will rebuke you. – Jeremiah 2:19

Self-Defeating Statements

A self-refuting statement self-destructs and invalidates itself based on its own content. If the statement were true, it would be false. A self-refuting statement is self-defeating; it cancels out itself and cannot be true; if it were true, it would be false.

The Self-deceived Assert Self-nullifying Statements

A self-nullifying statement fails to satisfy its own premise; it is false under its own terms; it undercuts itself. Nietzsche unwittingly demonstrated this when he wrote this self-stultifying statement: “There are many eyes. Thus there are many truths. Hence there is no truth.” My question to Nietzsche would be: “Is that true?” If it is, it is false; if it is not, it is false. It cannot be true. Skepticism at some point will always self-destruct. What they attempt to justify confutes itself.

The following list of self-refuting propositions is given to demonstrate the gaping defects in much of contemporary thought. Self-nullifying statements fail to satisfy their own premises. They are necessarily false (see my book God Does Exist! for a prodigious list).

Below I have listed a number of self-refuting assertions; the self-refuting statement is written first, followed by a stultifying question or appropriate response…

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Self-Refuting and Self-Stultifying Statements

 

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