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    miming of the fact

    "Then somewhat late in the day, we stumble on a postmodern subject whose freedom consists in a kind of miming the fact that there are no foundations at all."

    What does "consists in a kind of miming the fact" mean?


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    Re: miming of the fact

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    Re: miming of the fact

    Quote Originally Posted by nimsooze View Post
    "Then somewhat late in the day, we stumble on a postmodern subject whose freedom consists in a kind of miming the fact that there are no foundations at all."

    What does "consists in a kind of miming the fact" mean?
    ... has, as an essential feature, a kind of miming (imitating; pretending) the fact that there are no foundations at all.


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    Do you think that "miming" means "pretending"? Good suggestion!
    Has "mimicking the fact" the same meaning?

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    Re: miming of the fact

    Quote Originally Posted by nimsooze View Post
    Do you think that "miming" means "pretending"? Good suggestion!

    Yes, it is possible that 'miming' means 'pretending' here. Postmodernism is a subject of great controversy. Hence, it all depends on the author and his point of view.

    Has "mimicking the fact" the same meaning?

    'mimic' is a biological term, but it can also be used for human beings.

    Mimicry means that an animal mimics another animal (an insect mimics a twig), it takes on the semblance of another animal, or a non-living object. In the broadest sense it carries the meaning of 'copy' or 'imitate' (sometimes for a satirical effect). 'mime' is a kind of communication using gestures and body movement without words. But I assume in your sentence it is interchangeable with 'mimic' as to the meaning 'imitate'.

    Considering these definitions, I'd go for 'pretend'. Context makes all the difference. So it can't be ruled out that the author intends to convey ridiculousness by using 'mime'.

    Maybe I'm talking at large with my suggestions. It's always the same: the smaller the context, the more you have to guess.
    See if you can make any use of my thoughts.


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    Re: miming of the fact

    You know, the author is against postmodernism and all through , he makes sarcastical sentences about postmodern subject. And I think that you guessed so well.

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