vocab via Cynthia Chase, Paul de Man

apodictic / apodeictic, adj. Of clear demonstration; established on incontrovertible evidence. (By Kant applied to a proposition enouncing a necessary and hence absolute truth.) catachresis, noun.Improper use of words; application of a term to a thing which it does not properly denote; abuse or perversion of a trope or metaphor. semiosis, noun.The process whereby something functions as a sign. aleatory, adj. Dependent on the throw of a die; hence, dependent on uncertain contingencies. paranomasia, noun.Wordplay based on words which sound alike; an instance of this, a pun. diacritical, adj.1. diacritic — A. adj. and noun — Serving to distinguish, distinctive;…

Arthur Danto, "The Abuse of Beauty"

Barnett Newman, Vir Heroicus Sublimus, 1950-51. Oil on canvas, 7′ 11″ x 17′ 9″ [… on Barnett Newman in the beginning here] “What Newman aspired to instill through such paintings as Vir Heroicus Sublimis is wonder and awe at ourselves as here. I cannot help but think that the concept Newman required was that of Heidegger’s central notion, Dasein — of being-there, aware of being there. “But there is another way of thinking about this that I find magnificently expressed in an answer given by the great Russian novelist, Vladimir Nabokov, when an interviewer asked him if he was surprised…