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TO DISAVOW. To deny the authority by which an agent pretends to have acted as when he has exceeded the bounds of his authority.
     2. It is the duty of the principal to fulfill the contracts which have been entered into by his authorized agent; and when an agent has exceeded his authority, he ought promptly to disavow such act, so that the other party may have his remedy against the agent. See Agent; Principal.

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What was Cahun's relationship to other leading avant-gardists in Paris, such as Marcel Duchamp, a photograph by whom is included in at least one photomontage in Disavowals? Or Man Ray, whose trademark checkered studio-floor, seen in several of his 1920s photographs, appears prominently on the bathrobe Cahun wears in the untitled mirror image (c.
Both Patterson and Aers compellingly argued that within much early modern literary criticism, a process of disavowal is taking place.
The purpose of this fairly detailed summary of Patterson's and Aers's cogent objections to early modern literary critics' disavowal of medieval studies is not to intervene in a period-controversy over the origin of the western "subject." Rather, I wish to call attention to the place of psychoanalysis within this debate about medieval and Renaissance "selves." Patterson's essay never mentioned psychoanalytic criticism as such.
Pop art suffered an even more direct disavowal at the hands of Benjamin H.D.
What is regrettable, however, is the fact that the entire collection appears to be blissfully unwilling or reluctant to acknowledge or engage recent radical developments in post-colonial criticism, particularly the disavowal of agency, the notion of hybridity, or what Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has described as "critical fanonism." This would have served to sharpen the fundamental category and the entire premise of the essays.
Vlastos rejects Xenophon as an authentic historical source for the philosophical doctrine of the historical Socrates because his work does not contain the kind of complex ironies embodied in disavowals of knowledge and teaching.
The wording here implies that Socratic irony is essentially self-disparaging, and while Socrates does engage in such behaviour often, he does so most famously in his disavowals of knowledge.
Whatever his disavowals, you can see the Surrealists' effect on his collages and drawings.
Like "flaneur," "sadomasochist," "vegetarian," or "abstract expressionist," "paparazzo" describes a practice, but also a refined, phantasmatic field of images, allegiances, and disavowals.
Most artists, in any case, are ecorche specialists--curiosity seekers of the latent, closet neo-Platonists obsessed by appearances that constantly disappoint, perennially stripping the surfaces off materials to see how they work, engaged, despite all disavowals, in a hunt for their version of the beautiful.
He is the inventor, for our purposes and for our time, of the concept of "deniability." Deniability is the almost complete disavowal of intention in relation to bad consequences.
Calling the current "disavowal" of psychoanalytic knowledge in academia, particularly in the field of education, a "dismal state of affairs," Taubman (education, City U.