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McIntosh also argues for a progression from cataphasis to apophasis, which implicitly assumes the ultimacy of apophasis, but he does not consider the double negation and resulting instability of language described by Turner.
Ilya Kutik holds that even the most secular modern Russian poets inherit and use a language saturated by both rhetorical and poetic apophasis.
Obsessed with the "unspeakable," he uses apophasis to create a space "beyond" language that, as "excess" to language and meaning, is infinitely fecund, able to give birth to the unspeakable.
In Ezra Pound's translation (1916) from Latin of the famous short poem by Catullus, the apophasis is a matter of expression, first, and only secondarily of thought; yet Pound takes it further than did the Roman poet:
The distinction that he means to draw, presumably, is that while fei is used in an everyday sense of "to express disapproval of or disagreement with" or "to contradict," it is not used in any formal way that matches Aristotle's apophasis to describe an abstract notion of the same thing, to wit, "negation.
For example, he suggests that Lossky's apophasis carries with it a much needed reminder to modern theology.
Rather than a "strong" ontology in the sense of a being of beings, we find in Rahner an understanding of being that calls for an apophasis, entrance into the world of what is concealed or not positively grasped, in order to come to know anything at all, and most especially God.
Apophasis is a tradition, also known as negative theology, which is deftly attuned to the limitations of language to name or know God's nature and therefore humbly accounts for the mystery of the divine.
It is in fact related to apophasis on the negative side, because it primarily serves to identify and eliminate what is bad theology.
Philosophically, la differance is a mode of what Jean Wahl calls transdescendance, the transcendence of that which precedes phenomena, not that which exceeds them, and, like divine transcendence, it calls forth an endless apophasis (37).
The phrase is from Michael Sells, The Mystical Languages of Unsaying (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994), and it refers to "negative theology" or "apophatic theology," being Sells' translation of the Greek term apophasis, which indicates the impossibility of naming something ineffable.