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(noun) a branch of metaphysics concerned with the nature and relations of being / (noun) a particular theory about the nature of being or the kinds of things that have existence

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While the "cruelty" in Marat/Sade is not, ultimately, a moral issue, it is not an aesthetic one either. It is an ontological issue.

—p.171 Marat / Sade / Artaud (163) by Susan Sontag
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This is what academics call 'ontological security', a sense of order and continuity in relation to experiences.

—p.110 Generation Rent (95) by Anna Minton
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state institutions (the military, in particular) appear to enjoy limitless autonomy, causal influence, and ontological primacy as the sole constitutive force in the political and social realm

—p.98 Continuity and Change in Naya Pakistan (81) missing author
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As the philosophers might say, 'literature' and 'weed' are functional rather than ontological terms: they tell us about what we do, not about the fixed being of things.

—p.9 Introduction: What is Literature? (1) by Terry Eagleton
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Any ontology of the present needs to be an ideological analysis as well as a phenomenological description

—p.101 Aesthetics of Singularity (101) by Fredric Jameson
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Apart from the Bank, three types of social actors appear in the texts during this period: states and governments; companies, banks and industry; engineers, technicians and experts. This social ontology confirms the standard account of post-war reconstruction as industrial, Fordist and Keynesian.

—p.77 Bankspeak (75) by Dominique Pestre, Franco Moretti
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achieving full ontological status only in subsequent union

on kissing Lenore

—p.59 5 (57) by David Foster Wallace
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By the early decades of the twentieth century, this culture, with its attendant ontological anxieties, had taken the form of modernism.

—p.19 Questions and answers (1) by Terry Eagleton
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ontological anxiety’: namely, the feeling (sometimes accompanied by a particularly intense hangover) that one is a pointless, superfluous being

—p.13 Questions and answers (1) by Terry Eagleton
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Some of the most powerful passages in Dick’s work are those in which there is an ontological interregnum: a traumatic unworlding is not yet given a narrative motivation

cool phrasing

—p.50 The Weird (14) by Mark Fisher
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it is also an 'ontological' struggle, a struggle which concerns the thing itself, a struggle that goes on in the very heart of the protests themselves

on protests in Egypt

—p.108 Prognosis (90) by Slavoj Žižek
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