ex silentio

ex silentio

(ɛks sɪˈlɛnʃɪˌəʊ)
adv, adj
(of a theory, assumption, etc) based on a lack of evidence to the contrary
[literally: from silence]
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The four-day festival goes back to the 18th century in Europe with the band Ex Silentio playinging on instruments from the time.
Ex Silentio, a Greek ensemble, was founded in 2001 by Dimitris Kountouras and Markellos Chryssikopoulos.
Strickland's interpretation of Ameijeiixis suffers from argumentum ex silentio.
Se trata de una hipotesis que se basa en argumentos ex silentio, del esfuerzo de los estudiosos por completar la laguna documental que han dejado las fuentes desde donde podemos apoyarnos cientificamente.
It is one thing to assert the oppressive existence of a male deity; this is a belief founded on faith, an ex silentio argument.
Third, Pasnau's reliance on early texts in Aquinas's career to buttress his interpretation, while dismissing later ones as ambiguous, seems to smack of argumentum ex silentio.
However, lest the right argumentum ex silentio be forgotten, it is worth recalling how worldly some monks could be and what generally disastrous effects the monastic raids, dissolutions, and fires are likely to have had over a thousand years on all types of book in their libraries, moral or immoral.
Although there is some softening and shifting to be observed, the position he articulates here relies upon the suspect moves that vitiated his Samuel Johnson; these include a heavy dependence upon ex silentio and a priori argumentation.
While massive occurrences of certain terms in a given text may indeed indicate that the text was composed after these terms had been introduced into discourse, the opposite part of the equation requires reliance on a problematic argumentum ex silentio.
Zhao Fang might have been one of the first to use the argumentum ex silentio for the dating of ancient texts, assuming that if a certain term is not seen in the text, then the text might have been compiled prior to the introduction of this term into general discourse.
For this to be more than an elaborate argumentum ex silentio, Skinner must exhibit the use of the once-scorned techniques of ornatus in the later works.
Unfortunately, Foley's detailed points about 'new genres' (variously an Old English description of a retributive flood and a Serbian extempore verse about a photograph) rest on arguments ex silentio.