apophasis

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mentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned

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I am not at all sure that the cataphatic naming of God and of worlds is purely locative or the apophatic purely destabilizing, for the distinction between cataphasis and apophasis, unlike that between the locative and the excessive, does not depend on their opposition.
McIntosh also argues for a progression from cataphasis to apophasis, which implicitly assumes the ultimacy of apophasis, but he does not consider the double negation and resulting instability of language described by Turner.