Heschel tries to substantiate this claim by showing how easy it is, in a contemporary, intellectual setting, to display both hubris and anxiety about precisely this ineffability
: "[w]e are so impressed by our intellectual power that we deny any presence lying beyond our power.
Canda and Furman recognize this through their discussion of the "ineffability
of mystical experience and the irreducibility of the nature of religion or spirituality" (p.
The best known and most influential post-modern discourses are strongly marked by a 'metaphorics of loss and impoverishment', so much so that, as Santner remarks, 'critical theory becomes in large part an ongoing elaboration of an endless series of 'no longer possibles.'  Not surprisingly this characteristic has been at its strongest in meditations upon the Holocaust and is succinctly rendered by Blanchot's observation that 'The disaster ruins everything.'  It is the caesura or break that 'delegitimizes' names and narratives and whose 'ineffability
' leaves literature and philosophy in search of idioms for the unrepresentable.
As venerated as he still is, many of his Hollywood admirers and supporters have come to view him not so much as awe-inspiring in his ineffability
but as lovable-a warmhearted, even cuddly religious icon whose appeal derives in part from his unpretentiousness and the fact that his fame in no way threatens theirs.
Perhaps Sophie's superficiality is meant to convey the irrationality of the heart's affections or the ineffability
of poetic inspiration, or, perhaps, it is meant to reinforce the extreme subjectivity of the romantics and their spiritual quests.
One can imagine the difficulties of discussing such a concept which hinges on ineffability
and representational insufficiency.
The rose both claims this ineffability
and withdraws that claim at the moment of decision.
There are important `technical' corrections to be noted here, such as the point that if the mystics claimed ineffability
, it was the ineffability
of God of which they spoke, (intellect in ek- stasis, p.
They were means of conveying something that could be conveyed directly through descriptive language with only the greatest difficulty, and without precision, if at all; they represented one solution, in other words, to the problem posed for the critic by the ostensible ineffability
of music, something that was much worried over at that time.
America, addicted to "talk" as in "talk radio" or "talking about it" as in "pseudo-therapy," is stunned by ineffability
I suspect, however, that whilst Langland surely acknowledged the ineffability
of the divine 'in its entirety in human language' (p.
Priest identifies four kinds of limit to thought: limits of expression (he discusses Plato on the need for something unchanging as a precondition of meaning; Aristotle on prime matter; Cusanus on the ineffability
of God); limits of iteration (infinite regresses in Zeno, Aristotle, and Leibniz); limits of cognition.
in fact conveys little more than the essential ineffability
of such a
What implication does its ineffability
have for social action and cultural ideology?
Where she is less successful is in reaching senses of ineffability
in music that are of primary concern to most aestheticians, or for that matter, lovers of music.