American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A figure of speech in which the speaker expresses or purports to be in doubt about a question.
- n. An insoluble contradiction or paradox in a text's meanings.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, a professed doubt where to begin or what to say on account of the variety of matter.
- n. An equality of reasons for and against a given proposition.
- n. In pathology, febrile anxiety; uneasiness.
- n. Also apory.
- n. rhetoric An expression of deliberation with oneself regarding uncertainty or doubt as to how to proceed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rhet.) A figure in which the speaker professes to be at a loss what course to pursue, where to begin to end, what to say, etc.
- From Latin aporia, from Ancient Greek ἀπορία, from ἄπορος (aporos, "impassable"), from ἀ- ("a-") + πόρος (poros, "passage"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek, difficulty of passing, from aporos, impassable : a-, without; see a-1 + poros, passage; see per-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This aporia is a condition that can only be met by the gut, and the heart.”
“But his ineptitude in not changing the wording of the bordering text left a "literary seam" (what rhetoricians might term aporia) that sticks out like a pimpled nose.”
“The impasse between the two, which Derrida called aporia, the Greek word for the impasse itself, is that we want both the conditional and unconditional at the same time but, yet, at the same time we don't want either of them because each of them has a shortcoming. ”
“I am ashamed that I did not know the word "aporia" until today, but I'm grateful to you all for introducing me to it.”
“This points ot an "aporia" in the cultural psychology of the term "religion", a Janus-faced knot, which some of the instruments in the archive of "postmodernism" or "postcolonialism" can help to articulate as you have pointed out yourself in your following comment.”
“This set of facts does not add up to an "aporia" or a "conceptual catachresis," as Guillory claims (215, 216); there is no logical impasse here — nor even a pragmatic or institutional one, as becomes obvious as soon as we broaden our horizon and look at the diverse kinds of critical projects that de Manian theory has in fact inspired over the last twenty years.”
“In ancient Greece this might go under the name of "aporia".”
“In his 2004 study No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive, Lee Edelman manoeuvred queer theory into a kind of aporia and thus deep crisis that persists to this day.”
“Comparing Shiv and Sahir is a an act of blindness - the term is often used in literary criticism under more respectable names such as 'aporia' but then aporia is applied to philosophical impasse and uncertainties.”
“From 'aporia' to 'yes', the Dictionary suggests ways into Derrida that show what is at stake in his work.”
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