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I am not at all sure that the cataphatic naming of God and of worlds is purely locative or the apophatic purely destabilizing, for the distinction between cataphasis and apophasis, unlike that between the locative and the excessive, does not depend on their opposition.
Unsaying, apophasis, is a key element of mystical poetry, and can be glimpsed at work in poems by Rumi, Donne, and Baudelaire.
5) Chris Boesel also addresses this in his essay in Apophatic Bodies, 'The Apophasis of Divine Freedom: Saving "the Name" and the Neighbour from Human Mastery,' which, drawing on Kierkegaard and Barth, is a rather orthodox, but finely argued riposte to Derriderean and post-modern aphophaticism.
There still remains the problem of squaring the circle between apophasis and cataphasis: If we cannot say that God is ontologically trinitarian, can we say that God is ontologically singular?
10) Apophasis is the process of "unsaying" everything that has been said about God.
Apophasis is really the negation of rationality as a tool for approaching divinity and is the choice of the contemplative way of the mystic path.
The apophasis of the patristic East, the theologia negativa of the Roman Catholic tradition and the Deus absconditus of Protestant theology meet each other in many ways.
115) Apophasis is a theological term, generally meaning a knowledge of God through negation (literally, an "un-saying").
This approach suggests that Conrad's treatment of the unsayable, particularly in "Heart of Darkness," can fruitfully be interpreted in terms of a broader mode of cultural discourse as a form of apophasis.
Such apophasis can also be engaged as an expression of human suffering as Reginald Gibbons's work, "On Apophatic Poetics," argues.
As Kate McLoughlin notes in an essay on the language of war representations, apophasis is frequently deployed in representations of atrocities whose scale and intensity are otherwise unimaginable.
This in turn is related to apophasis whereby one pretends to deny what is actually affirmed.