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Posted by ESC on April 25, 2004

In Reply to: Analytically proves too much posted by Sipes on April 25, 2004

: : : What does it mean to say that something proves too much?

: : It turns out to be overwhelming. "She was working two jobs but it proved too much for her."

: I meant it in more of a philosophical context. For example, Professor A says "Whatever the intent of the violator, the harm is the same." Professor B ripostes: "Ah, that proves too much."

I don't have a clue.

Googling "philosophy" "proves too much" yields several sites but no explanation of the term. I did find: "Quod nimis probat, nihil probat; the medieval adage 'what proves too much, proves nothing,' comes immediately to mind."