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shape

(shāp) [AS. sceapan]
1. To mold to a particular form.
2. Outward form; contour.
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By sticking relatively close to constitutional text, history, and structure, and by eschewing extratextual speculation about the effects of their decisions in the future, judges can avoid what Posner identifies as the pitfalls of pragmatism - "its shapelessness, its subjectivity, its noncognitivism, its relativism, its foundationlessness, and its undemocratic character unredeemed by pedigree or principle"(106) while preserving the written constitution as an instrument of fundamental law.
This shapelessness neither precludes the possibility of relation nor is it what relation effaces by giving shape and voice to that which has none.
Hearing the harmony of voices claiming the central importance of contraries, Aristotle proceeds to offer an articulation of his own in which he translates the vocabulary of contrariety into that of opposition and suggests that the becoming of natural beings involves the transition from a certain shapelessness to being-shaped.
The shapelessness of her identity is reflected in the way Laurel does (or, more often, does not) interact with the other characters.
Anxiety at a social shapelessness has led him to impose an artificial, imaginative unity on his material through the use of mythic and ritualistic patterns.
Nor are they amused/terrorized by its sloppiness, its sheer shapelessness, how ordinary experience is actually long droughts of boredom occasionally spiked by the intrusion of blind chance; they are not, in turn, drawn to the protective shelters of imaginative constructs, private linguistic worlds happily divorced from anchorage to that imperfect and messy reality, toy-world constructs that are curiously self-sustaining and exuberantly self-justifying and that exhibit a bold control so sadly lacking within nature's freewheeling, if clumsy processes: that compelled the familiar midcentury argument of postmodernists from Burroughs to Pynchon.
is only a sensual expression, a sensuous paradox, the shape of a shapelessness, the face of a faceless world; and as our thinking seems to be unable to do without the concept of paradox, so is art.
As something,--shape reshaped, till out of shapelessness
Shapelessness leaves room for contingency and rapid shifts of focus.
This Furbank demonstrates by careful exegesis of the key texts, making judicious use of the flattering fiction that we are -- say -- being reminded of the story of Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or that we had ourselves already noticed the way in which the apparent shapelessness of a letter to Sophie Volland conceals three distinct philosophical themes (|Being oneself', |Wanting to be a Genius' and |The Rewards of Life') |which', Furbank explains, |obscurely hang together in Diderot's mind and make one'.
His poetic liabilities arise out of his amplitude of temperament: shapelessness, plus a tendency towards the sentimental.
And if, in the case of Williams, such photographic revelation yielded "the meaning of the shapelessness of American life, buried, as it has always been, in the pettiness of our daily routine" (Sorrentino, Something 23), so does it provide equally incisive insights when employed by the narrator, as his description of a hotel-room assignation between Lou Henry and a nameless whore illustrates: