M.C. Escher Shows Us That Contradiction is Fantasy

M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” reveals to us that just because we can observe a contradiction does not mean that it is compatible with reality and truth. The image of a contradiction is and must always be at its foundation utterly consistent. And the plain fact is that we cannot actually conceptualize a contradiction, and I mean cognitively. Though Escher’s lithograph appears contradictory, its form is perfectly rational. At its root, being wholly an artistic rendition in and of itself (the lithograph qua the lithograph), it necessarily conforms to the rational consistency reality always categorically demands.

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