The Ways of Naysaying: No, Not, Nothing, and Nonbeing

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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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目录

Aboriginal Naysaying Willful No
7
1 THE TERRIBLE TWOS
8
2 DEVILS AND DEMONS
13
3 WILLFUL ANSWERS
17
The Negation of Speech Logical Not
25
1 WHAT IS NEGATION?
26
2 WHERE IS A SENTENCE NEGATED?
32
3 WHETHER THE POSITIVE IS PRIOR TO THE NEGATIVE?
36
Thinking the Unsayable Philosophical Nonbeing
123
PLATOS DIALOGUE
138
The Moving Soul of Thought Dialectical Negativity
155
HEGELS PHENOMENOLOGY
156
KANT
159
HEGELS LOGIC
162
The Absolute Opposite Nothing
169
1 APPEARANCES OF NOTHING
170

4 HOW IS NEGATION RELATED TO FALSITY?
42
5 DOUBLE NEGATION
49
6 NEGATIVE SELFREFERENCE
52
7 NEGATIVE NUMBERS AND ZERO
56
Nonfact and Fiction Logical Nonexistence
75
NONEXISTENCE
76
2 NONEXISTENCE VERSUS NONBEING
78
RUSSELLS THEORY OF DESCRIPTIONS
81
MEINONGS THEORY OF OBJECTS
86
PARSONSS ANALYTIC VERSION
91
FORMAL THEORY AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE
93
7 IS NONEXISTENCE A PREDICATE? FINAL QUESTIONS
103
THE EAST
173
THE WEST
175
4 NIHILISM AS A MODERN MOVEMENT
179
THE NOTHING THAT NAUGHTS
184
DEATH
188
What Then Is Naysaying?
211
2 THE NEGATION OF BEING
213
3 THE NAY AND YEA OF IMAGINATION AND TIME
216
Bibliography
219
Index
233
About the Author
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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...

作者简介 (2001)

Eva Brann teaches at St. John's College, Maryland.

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