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(adj, theology) (of knowledge of God) obtained through negating concepts that might be applied to him

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apophasis



and so defined the rightful Palestinian inhabitants of Palestine apophatically, or by negation, as what they were not.

—p.466 Lines of Occupation (on Yitzhak Laor) (461) by Joshua Cohen
notable
8 months, 1 week ago


rethink ontology through an existence awareness and demonstration of lexical instability (cue apophatic poetics)

i know what all the words mean, and yet...

—p.298 Ben Lerner and Adam Fitzgerald (295) by BOMB Magazine
strange
4 years, 4 months ago


Apophatic is the term applied to a theology which seeks knowledge of God through what he is not rather than through what he is. A kind of negative theology.

(he says next) can also apply the concept to history, reading

—p.63 by Jean Baudrillard
notable
6 years, 4 months ago


A political via negativa, an apophatic revolutionism

—p.305 Epilogue: After October (305) by China Miéville
unknown
6 years, 7 months ago


the discourse o f the limits of words, of what is not and cannot be said. Its name comes from the Greek term meaning 'negation' or 'denial'. It is called apophasis.

—p.120 Silence in Debris: Towards an Apophatic Marxism (115) by China Miéville
notable
5 years, 5 months ago