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A Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to Twitter

Andrew Hui


Aphorisms—or philosophical short sayings—appear everywhere, from Confucius to Twitter, the Buddha to the Bible, Heraclitus to Nietzsche. Yet despite this ubiquity, the aphorism is the least studied literary form. What are its origins? How did it develop? How do religious or philosophical movements arise from the enigmatic sayings of charismatic leaders? And why do some of our most celebrated modern philosophers use aphoristic fragments to convey their deepest ideas? This book crisscrosses histories and cultures to answer these questions and more. The book demonstrates how aphorisms—ranging fro ... More

Keywords: aphorisms, thought, literary fragments, inquiry, interpretation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691188959
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691188959.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Hui, author
Yale-NUS College

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