There is something as yet unexplained about the adumbration
of Plato's 'eidetic' by a philosopher who (cf.
The chapter entitled "Ceci tuera cela" of Notre-Dame de Paris (1: 618-28) presents the technical evolution of art forms as the adumbration
of societal transformation: easily duplicated print will supersede unique architectural achievements, and democracy will similarly replace monarchy/theocracy.
For Jews, the continuously negative portrayals of the Jewish leaders, primarily priests, and the Jewish populace was, quite simply, the newest adumbration
of antisemitism--a modern, technological "Passion play" not radically other than that produced once every decade in Oberammergau, Germany; the very same play which saw Adolf Hitler in attendance and confirming for him and others of his ilk the Jew as eternal and perpetual enemy.
Never once does this very smart writer with many thousands of words to play with even offer a hint of an adumbration
of a clue that it isn't an unequivocal moral wrong to give someone a job doing your domestic work.
All the talk about the ancients versus the moderns conceals the real game, which is to present the past as a backdrop to late modernity, or as the adumbration
of "principles" that we only see given full form in contemporary America.
Northern Europe, from slightly after the First Crusade onward, also pioneered in the adumbration
of increasingly irrational anti-Jewish slanders, beginning with allegations of malicious murder and proceeding to charges of ritual killing, blood use, well poisoning, and host desecration.
But once you have established that what people say is merely a plausible cover for what they really mean, the adumbration
of what they really mean becomes fraught with imaginative possibilities, besides being for the media a much more essential public service than merely relaying to the public what they think they mean.
Very little is known about the African Blood Brotherhood, and what limited information is known is discussed with adumbration
. Yet, the African Blood Brotherhood was an unusual Afro-Marxist organization operative in New York City's Harlem during the period commonly referred to as the "Harlem Renaissance." The African Blood Brotherhood, or ABB as it is sometimes called, is certainly an extension of an antecedent socio-political heritage dating back to the early nineteenth century.
There is an admirable chronicle of the kind of thing I mean in the various essays of Bruce Robbins's Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress (1999), Timothy Brennan's At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now (1997) and Neil Lazarus's Nationalism and Cultural Practice in the Postcolonial World (1999), books whose self-consciously territorial and highly interwoven textures are in fact an adumbration
of the critical (and combative) intellectual's sense of the world we live in today, taken as episodes or even fragments of a broader picture, which their work and that of others is in the process of compiling.
Those who did take seriously Burckhardt the ironist attributed his pessimism to the influence of Schopenhauer, or saw in it a sort of mal du siecle or, more recently, an adumbration
of our own post-modern malaise.
The "miracle" of Apollonius is an incomplete but highly suggestive adumbration
of the mythico-ritual process.
Line 9 is the adumbration
, a point in time which releases the light able to reformulate itself as an escape from the anvil of darkness.
And we may hope that the tradition of ethical natural law, from its adumbration
by Sophocles in Antigone, through its definition by Aristotle, its Christian formulation by Aquinas (who justified political rebellion against intolerable tyranny), its secular restatement by such precursors of revolution as Voltaire and Diderot - who emphasized the natural rights that derive from natural law - to its modern invocation in the civil rights struggle by Martin Luther King, will revive to do dialectic battle with the heirs of Thrasymachus.
Aside from being a remarkably accomplished first novel, The Hotel can be seen as an adumbration
of the themes which the author was to develop fully in her later more mature works.
Most readers of this journal will doubtless know the story, so let the following adumbration