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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"Chuchmos" -- wisdoms, as in wise guy


Just learned a new word: paralogism (it isn't the word spell check dictionary), it means an unintentionally invalid argument, its hypernyms are fallacy and false belief.
This is what I'm going with BH for the translation of "chuchmos" of the faction that erroneously chose wisdom as the ultimate purpose, Rabbainu derides their chuchmos.
Previously we translated it as sophistries, however according to one dictionary, sophistry is a deliberately invalid argument etc., and even the other dictionaries say that it leans towards deliberate, and in this case, the faction were mistaken and don't think this can be branded as deliberate, so I feel compelled to use this remote new word.
The kerens translation just keeps it at wisdom without conveying the derision and fallacy.
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