From: John Ransom <ransom@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 1997 00:21:58 -0500 (EST)
Selection #10: Perhaps when contemporary philosophy discovered the
possibility of nonpositive affirmation, it began a process of
reorientation whose only equivalent is the shift instituted by Kant when
he distinguished the *nihil negativum* and the *nihil privatium*--a
distinction known to have opened the way for the advance of critical
thought. (_LCMP_, "Preface to Transgression," p. 36)
1. where "the possibility of nonpositive affirmation" refers
to a type of transgression that "does not transform the
other side of the mirror . . . into a glittering expanse"
2. I am unfamiliar with this way of referring to Kant via the
Latin terms *nihil negativum* and *nihil privatium*. Can
someone (with the time and inclination) translate?