trenchancy


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keenness and forcefulness of thought or expression or intellect

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Indeed, given the trenchancy of the Rortian-Davidsonian view that we should 'leave off talking about experience and should talk about language instead' because Rorty assumes that talking about experience commits one, in the final analysis, to some naive or sophisticated version of foundational representationalism (adequatio intellectus et res), McDowell's work represents a welcome plea on behalf of our deepest intuitions.
Fontane's preference for fictional actors both autonomous and representative explains the trenchancy of three particular accusations which, again and again, he levels at fellow novelists: tendentiousness, authorial ventriloquism, and over-schematic characterization.
No one can deny, however, that it is a vast reserve of knowledge about British social and political ideas, nor fail to be amused by the trenchancy and wit of its expression.
To be sure, the irony retains its trenchancy, but the edge of sarcasm that imbued the novel's opening lines has been gentled, subdued, subsumed by a communal voice that now imparts genuine affection and a sense of communal solidarity.
Despite the regrettable cause, he has succeeded in capturing his subject with the trenchancy and wit that characterize all of his writing.
Similar trenchancy is found in The Respectable Murderers, the classic text on nonviolence by Msgr.
Tony Gray's small works on paper deserve special mention for their trenchancy and economy of means.
It is not that Hanson fails to mention the growth of the Athenians' trireme navy in the fifth century -- with characteristic trenchancy he refers to this `formula for radical democratic imperialism that would exempt [Athens] from the consequences of hoplite battle and make her triremes and tax-collecting bureaucrats the bother of the Aegean for the next half century' (from about 480 to 430).
If his interpretations sometimes meander, that is amply compensated by the brilliant insights provided along the way and by the trenchancy and freshness of the opening and closing chapters.
The moral injunctions of Leviticus are startling in the blank trenchancy of their delivery, but clear enough in their bearing on life: they are injunctions by which people must, for the most part abide if they wish to be capable, as individuals, of composing a society of the sort I have just been describing, in which the solidarity of the people as a whole wells up from deeper kinds of solidarity between individual and individual, exercised in specific relationships.
The anecdotes and quotations reported here were selected on the basis of their representativeness, relevance, or trenchancy.
She reminds us that, for a biographer, 'this is a difficult area of inquiry touching upon subtle distinctions between discretion and trenchancy .
Marber's Broadway-bound "Closer" dissects the sexual and emotional entanglements among a quartet of Londoners with a cool trenchancy that's not a little terrifying.
Speculation is transformed by a similar trenchancy into fact.
Most writers are clearest and most trenchant where they are most confident of both their material and their argument; where the trenchancy fails and the argument becomes obfuscated by the expression, one senses a deficiency that extends far beyond syntax.