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Literary Paradoxes

 
 
Ermah
 
Reply Sat 23 May, 2015 09:04 pm
Is "Our knowledge of life is limited to death." a paradox? If not, what is it?
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fresco
 
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Reply Sun 24 May, 2015 12:10 am
@Ermah,
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Holding to the truth of death—death is always most/just [one’s] own—shows another kind of certainty, more primordial than any certainty regarding beings encountered within the world or formal objects;for it is the certainty of being-in-the-world.

Martin Heidegger, Being and Time

NB. A slightly different point is concept of aporia (inevitable paradoxes) which was described by Derrida as significant in semantics because all assertions of "what is" rely in part for their meaning on differentiation from "what is not". In that sense we cannot contextually appreciate the word "life" except with respect to the word "death".
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Ionus
 
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Reply Mon 25 May, 2015 01:49 am
@Ermah,
A paradox would be something like "our truest experience of life is death" .
"Our knowledge of life is limited to death." is an oxymoron ? I suppose it could be considered a paradox, but it is not the best example .
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