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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Definitions for aporia

  1. Difficulty determining the truth of an idea due to equally valid arguments for and against it.
  2. In rhetoric, the expression of a simulated or real doubt, as about where to begin or what to do or say.

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Citations for aporia
Yet he has his moments when he manages to confound our feelings and induce a moral uncertainty, something like the ironic aporia with which Socrates leaves the Sophists at the end of a Platonic dialogue. John Simon, "Talk to the Animals: A review of the play 'Sylvia,'" New York Magazine Jun 5, 1995
Writing from a position of love means allowing others to see and point out the aporia in one's writing, what perhaps has been missed, overlooked or hidden (there is relief here, a lessening of the burden). Claudia Eppert, "A Lover's Discourse," Taboo, Spring-Summer 2001
Origin of aporia
1580-1590
Aporia derives from the Greek roots aporos, "impassable," and -ia, "the state or condition."
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