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A Theory of the Aphorism

A Theory of the Aphorism

by Andrew Hui

This post is about a book that explores some 2,500 years of literature in less than 250 pages to establish an aphorism theory. From Confucius to Heraclitus, from the Gospel (apocryphal) of Thomas to Erasmus, Bacon, Pascal, Nietzsche up to, nothing less than, to Twitter, to Zengo (in Japan...

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A Hidden Purpose

Aphorisms, on the other hand, have a "philosophical or theological" and "more hidden" purpose. The best aphorisms admit an infinity of interpretations, a hermeneutic inexhaustibility. "Therefore, what is said" requires interpretation "which must be understood along precise lines ...

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Horizon

But what is an "aphorism"? 

The root of the word is the same as "horizon". The Greek verb "horizo" means "to delimit". Horizon is originally the circle that opens to the eye. 

Francesco da Buti, Dante's fourteenth-century commentator, offers us a precise def...

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A Short Saying

Hui defines it as "a short saying that requires interpretation" and distinguishes it from related genres such as proverbs, maxims and epigrams. While proverbs and sayings are "near the trivial extreme" and "easy to understand" (eg, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder"), maxims a...

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