To abandon this certainty can leave us with a skeptical paradox that is genuinely depressing.
The position approaches to paradox and is not likely to be generally accepted.
The paradox of science is that its success in understanding nature has created problems for its understanding of human nature.
He was endowed with a strong sense of humour and a love of paradox carried to an extreme.
He discovered the hydrostatic paradox that the downward pressure of a liquid is independent of the shape of the vessel, and depends only on its height and base.
The paradox of predication, that it seems to deny identity, or to deny difference, becomes a pons asinorum.
It suggests in a modern form the perpetual paradox of the Christian life: we are what we are to be.
Aristotle had fallen into the paradox of resolving a mental act into verbal elements.
To see the absurdity of the second paradox of relativity is easier than to refute it.
But in the secular world this paradox failed to obtain; there free-will was only too ready to come into conflict with the Church.
Herein lies the paradox which is also the deepest truth of our spiritual life.
Paradox, however, soon becomes stale, and fallacy wearisome.
It is indeed the doctrine of the intractability of matter to form that lies at the base of the paradox as to the disparateness of knowledge and the real already noted.
The remedy for the paradox is to recognize that the foundation for our belief in the existence of objects is the force which they exercise upon us and the resistance which they offer to our will.
The paradox of individual freedom in an era of individual helplessness is a complicated issue.
The logic of the last quarter of the 19th century may be said to be animated by a spirit of inquiry, marred by a love of paradox and a corresponding hatred of tradition.
But for a tendency to paradox, his intellectual powers were of the highest order, and as a master of nervous idiomatic English he is second to Cobbett alone.
"It may seem a paradox," he wrote, "but it is true that the only way for protecting our subjects is to help them to cease to be our subjects."
The paradox of Frederick's Crusade is indeed astonishing.
They did not even try to solve the reunion paradox.