Definitions

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  • adj. Tending to doubt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inclined to doubt or to raise objections.
  • n. A skeptic; one who believes that perfect certainty is unattainable, and finds in every object of thought insoluble difficulties.

Etymologies

From French aporétique, from Ancient Greek ἄπορητικός (aporetikos), from ἄπορος (aporos) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • President Barack Obama's recent announcement to drawdown troops in Afghanistan struck an aporetic chord in Pakistan due to fears the U.S. will offset this deescalation by intensifying its covert war across the border -- a strategy which features a CIA drone program designed to execute high-value extremist targets sanctuaried in Pakistan's borderlands.

    Michael Hughes: Obama's Drone Surge in Pakistan Doing More Damage Than Good

  • It is ordinarily used in a philosophic context: the Socratic stance is the aporetic stance, the assertion and demonstration that one does not meaningfully know what one thinks one knows; that one is, in fact, at a loss with regards to the thing that she thinks she knows, and so in the condition of aporia.

    Wherever You Go, There You Are | Her Bad Mother

  • In an interesting essay, "From Post to Neo and back: Habermas and Derrida" Raymond van de Wiel explores this debate and its aporetic convergence.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Jack Reynolds deals with the aporetic ambiguities in Derrida's thought between the irredicible difference of the Other and the raidcal singularity of the Other...

    Love & Death in desert

  • I see Derrida's aporetic undecidability between the Other of difference and the Other of singluarity as the Vedantic tension between the Known, the Unknown and the Unknowable...

    Love & Death in desert

  • Having made a fetish of innovation, they dwell in the aporetic interstices between language's performative and representational functions.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • And as for "aporetic interstices" and "the way language can perform realities" ... to me that feels like looking at fiction on a level of abstraction which becomes metaphor more than anything.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • Moreover, Syrianus 'work is a collection of three separate essays of quite different character and purpose, one essay on the aporetic book III (= Beta), one on book IV (= Gamma), and one on books XIII and XIV (Mu and Nu).

    Syrianus

  • It is ordinarily used in a philosophic context: the Socratic stance is the aporetic stance, the assertion and demonstration that one does not meaningfully know what one thinks one knows; that one is, in fact, at a loss with regards to the thing that he thinks he knows, and so in the condition of aporia.

    Of Socrates and sleep | Her Bad Mother

  • Re #25 Russ, I remain gobsmacked, agape, aporetic and agog at the close proximity of shrubs and trees to these stations.

    Adjusting for the "Rural Cooling Effect" « Climate Audit

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