The Ways of Naysaying: No, Not, Nothing, and Nonbeing
Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - 249页
No, that diminutive but independent vocable, begins its great role early in human life and never loses it. For not only can it head a negative sentence, announcing its judgement, or answer a question, implying its negated content, it can, and mostly does, in the beginning of speech, express an assertion of the resistant will-sometimes just that and nothing more. The adult antiphony to the toddler's incessant no is another no, that of preventive command, and the great commandments of later life continue to be prohibitions: Nine of the Ten Commandments are in the negative. Eva Brann explores nothingness in the third book of her trilogy, which has treated imagination, time and now naysaying. If we want to understand something of imagination, memory and time, she argues, we must mount an inquiry into what it means to say something is not what it claims to be or is not there or is nonexistent or is affected by Nonbeing.
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Aboriginal Naysaying Willful No
1 THE TERRIBLE TWOS
2 DEVILS AND DEMONS
3 WILLFUL ANSWERS
The Negation of Speech Logical Not
1 WHAT IS NEGATION?
2 WHERE IS A SENTENCE NEGATED?
3 WHETHER THE POSITIVE IS PRIOR TO THE NEGATIVE?
Thinking the Unsayable Philosophical Nonbeing
The Moving Soul of Thought Dialectical Negativity
The Absolute Opposite Nothing
1 APPEARANCES OF NOTHING
4 HOW IS NEGATION RELATED TO FALSITY?
5 DOUBLE NEGATION
6 NEGATIVE SELFREFERENCE
7 NEGATIVE NUMBERS AND ZERO
Nonfact and Fiction Logical Nonexistence
2 NONEXISTENCE VERSUS NONBEING
RUSSELLS THEORY OF DESCRIPTIONS
MEINONGS THEORY OF OBJECTS
PARSONSS ANALYTIC VERSION
FORMAL THEORY AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE
7 IS NONEXISTENCE A PREDICATE? FINAL QUESTIONS
actual affirmation answer appears argument Aristotle assertion become beginning belongs called chapter comes concept contradiction course death definite denial deny determinate dialectic distinction distinguishing double effect everything example existence experience expression fact false fictions follows function given gives goddess Hegel Heidegger human imagination inquiry interest judgment Kant kind knowledge language least live logical lying matter means Meinong merely Metaphysics mind nature naysaying negation negative nihilism Nonbeing nonexistence nothingness notion numbers object once opposition ordinary original Parmenides particular person philosophical positive possible predicate present problem properties proposition question reading reality reason reference relation Russell seems sense sentence simply Socrates Sophist sort speak speech statement sure symbol tell theory thing thought tion true truth turn understanding whole zero
第xviii页 - Dilke on various subjects; several things dove-tailed in my mind, and at once it struck me what quality went to form a Man of Achievement, especially in Literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously— I mean Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason...