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Aporia \A*po"ri*a\, n.; pl. Aporias. [L., doubt, Gr. ?, fr. ? without passage, at a loss; 'a priv. + ? passage.] (Rhet.) A figure in which the speaker professes to be at a loss what course to pursue, where to begin to end, what to say, etc. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, from Latin, from Greek aporia, noun of state from aporos (see aporetic).


n. 1 (context rhetoric English) An expression of deliberation with oneself regarding uncertainty or doubt as to how to proceed. 2 (context philosophy English) An insoluble contradiction in a text's meaning; a logical impasse suggested by a text or speaker.


Aporia ( Ancient Greek: : "impasse, difficulty of passing, lack of resources, puzzlement") denotes in philosophy a philosophical puzzle or state of puzzlement and in rhetoric a rhetorically useful expression of doubt.

Aporia (genus)

Aporia, also called as the Black-veined Whites, is a genus of pierid butterflies found in the Palearctic region.

Aporia (album)

Aporia is the debut studio album by European heavy metal band Forever Never. It was released in 2006 by Copro Records. The digital release is entitled Aphoria V2, and contains the original twelve tracks and four live tracks.

Aporia (disambiguation)

Aporia denotes, in philosophy, a philosophical puzzle or state of puzzlement, and, in rhetoric, a rhetorically useful expression of doubt.

Aporia may also refer to:

  • Aporia (genus), a genus of pierid butterflies found in the Palearctic region
  • Aporia (album), an album by metal band Forever Never

Usage examples of "aporia".

Maintaining the literary aporia for Kundera seems to entail flirting with antifeminist politics, if not playing into the hands of conservative politics in general.

The aporia, though, is a textual knot which resists disentanglement, and several of the elements discussed above as contradictions, paradoxes, or shifts might equally be classified under the more general heading of aporia.

The aporias of this process are obvious, and there is no need for us to describe them in detail here.

This new framework forces us to confront a series of explosive aporias, because in this new juridical and institutional world being formed our ideas and practices of justice and our means of hope are thrown into question.

Whereas in the ancient world the imperial crisis was conceived as the product of a natural cyclical history, and whereas in the modern world crisis was defined by a series of aporias of time and space, now figures of crisis and practices of Empire have become indistinguishable.

Where is it, this swamp of ambiguity, paradox, anarchy they're calling aporia his book right here somewhere probably at the bottom of the pile it was a game they played, the Greeks, a game you couldn't win, nobody could win, a parlour game proposing questions there was no clear answer to so winning wasn't the point of it no, no that's ours isn't it, right on the money because that's what the game is, the only game in town because that's what America's wait, little card there falling on the, there!