I heard someone use a philosophical argument today that irked me because I don't see how it makes any sense. I've heard the argument used that the statement "There are no absolutes." is an absolute statement. However, it doesn't make sense mathematically to say so and represents a paradox if considered as an absolute statement.
To explain why: consider an infinite set of data that holds all the types of absolute statements that someone could make or have in the world. Then we could say that everything outside of that set is not an absolute statement - the negation of that set and this represents a dualism as well. The negation would be thought of as all the absolute statements that could be made into non-absolute statements.
So, for example, the absolute statement "An IEE would befriend everyone they meet." would have a negated non-absolute statement of "Not all IEEs would befriend everyone they meet."
Then if we are to say that absolute statements do not exist, then that also implies that statements that are not absolutes do not exist as well.
The problem then is if we assume that the statement "There are no absolutes." is an absolute statement, then the negation "There are absolutes." is also an absolute statement. This statement has no absolute/non-absolute negation, so it doesn't belong to the set of absolutes/non-absolutes, and can only be used to express belief in there being absolutes and non-absolutes or neither absolutes and non-absolutes and is thus a separate thing entirely.
For anyone that understands what I'm doing here, can you find anything wrong with my analysis?
Edit: Well unless we take every statement a person makes as indicative of an absolute statement. But then it's kind of pointless to even talk about it?