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a·po·ri·a

 (ə-pôr′ē-ə)
n.
1. A figure of speech in which the speaker expresses or purports to be in doubt about a question.
2. An insoluble contradiction or paradox in a text's meanings.

[Greek aporiā, difficulty of passing, from aporos, impassable : a-, without; see a-1 + poros, passage; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

aporia

(əˈpɔːrɪə)
n
1. (Rhetoric) rhetoric a doubt, real or professed, about what to do or say
2. (Philosophy) philosophy puzzlement occasioned by the raising of philosophical objections without any proffered solutions, esp in the works of Socrates
[C16: from Greek, literally: a state of being at a loss]
aporetic adj

aporia

The expression of doubt about what to say or do.
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The phenomenon/thing template (the "core") refuses either/or choice, and maintains aporetic stand-off, insisting on incoherence.
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A major reason why so many people still overlook the implications of Derrida's complex interweaving of traditional binary motifs into an aporetic logic that surpasses it is the fact that many scholars do not read Derrida's own texts thoroughly and patiently, easily opting for one of the abundant, but mostly misleading, commentaries on his work.
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