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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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In contemporary thought, Derrida's work Aporias (1993) adapts the basic connotations of the word from Plato, but he also puts it to his original interpretation.
Compiled by the editorial team of Ward Blanton (Reader in Biblical Cultures and European Thought, Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent, England) and Hent De Vries (Professor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland) "Paul and the Philosophers" is a 608 page compendium comprised of twenty-five erudite and scholarly essays organized into six major sections: Reconstructing the Ancient Paul 'Between Athens and Jerusalem'; Sovereignty and the Aporias of Universalism; Paul, Materialism, and the Contingencies of Emancipation; Communal Spaces between Times; Ethics and the Foundations of Law.
While Lancelot clearly dramatizes the effects of mind-numbing representations on both Lance and his peers, its own self-reflexive representations function in ways both fascinating and contradictory, thereby highlighting structural aporias ingrained in the act of reading which seem to leave the reader, like our irresponsible hero, doomed to inaction.
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Much of Ricoeur's creativity then results from his ability to resolve these aporias through a productive mediation of views that initially seemed to be opposed to one another.
And then, like a dubious icing on the cake, she appends an afterword by professor Ananya Chatterjea of the University of Minnesota, who writes in part that Gottschild "teaches us to look deeply and thoughtfully at images, texts, and movements in order to recognize blurred-over movements of dis/miss/ appearance; historiographic aporias.
Among her topics are the solutions of the aporias in the Wars of the Land, dialectic in his commentary on Proverbs, the Alexandrian prologue paradigm in his writings, Gersonides as commentator on Averroes, and his view of the mode of communicating knowledge of the future to the dreamer and clairvoyant.
Of course, this does not mean that the majority of contemporary analytic and continental philosophers are rushing to Aristotle and the philosophia perennis to be saved from their massive errors and unsolvable aporias.
Da influencia inegavel da Escola de Frankfurt no pensamento brasileiro (nenhum filosofo desse grupo surge no artigo sobre a literatura alema dos anos 90), pode-se tracar o percurso, que vai da gradual desarticulacao dos blocos solidos de saber para a afirmacao das alteridades; do papel do Outro (desde o ex-colono ate o leitor) na construcao dos significados; da problematizacao do canone e da poderosa e complexa dialetica entre texto e vida social, com seus entrelugares, suas periferias e semiperiferias, suas aporias.
First of all, I would like to go back to the most important definitions of the concept of nihilism of the 19th century, and to determine the aporias intrinsic in them.
In Aporias, though Derrida points to fifteen works where the "plural logic" takes shape (D 1993a: 13-16), twelve are not included in Hurst's reasoning, which the reader may follow in this footnote.
Owing to the demands of this process, and to Mathews' own remarks on the aporias in ethnographic practice, Thomas has made translation a central theme of the collection.