A Philosophy of the Unsayable
Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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The present volume sketches a distinctive philosophical outlook that emerges irrepressibly from the predicament of philosophy today. It interprets what are widespread intimations of thinking in the current milieu of critical reflection across disciplines in the arts and sciences and beyond...
Part I: Philosophy and Literature
Chapter One: Invitatory
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Paul Valéry’s famous statement concerning the paramount, indeed the unique importance of the ineffable receives an unlikely and unwitting confirmation from the character of Bottom the Weaver in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream...
Chapter Two: In the Hollow of Pan’s Pipe
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What we most strongly and deeply think and believe, what we passionately love or ardently desire, inevitably escapes adequate articulation. It is always more, if not completely other, than what we are able to say. This common human experience of butting up against the limits of language is...
Chapter Three: The Writing of Silence in the Post-Holocaust Poetry of Edmond Jabès and Paul Celan
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Postmodern writers and artists of all sorts have developed radical new poetics based on the hidden resources of silence. Poets have focused on silences become audible in the tearing of language and the rending of sense. To a significant degree, this is a rediscovery of the oftentimes repressed resources...
Part II: Philosophy and Theology
Chapter Four: Apophasis and the Predicament of Philosophy of Religion Today
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The situation of philosophy today makes it peculiarly receptive to a great variety of apophatic discourses, not only to those devolving from monotheistic traditions concerning the unnameable Name of God, especially in mystical currents, including the Kabbalah and Sufism, but also to those...
Chapter Five: Radical Orthodoxy’s Critique of Transcendental Philosophy and Its Mistaken Mistrust of Negative Theology
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One of the fascinating but perhaps also puzzling aspects of the so-called Radical Orthodoxy movement is that it liberally appropriates poststructuralist theory into its own discourse, finding there the essential tools for relaunching theology in a new, postmodern and specifically postsecular...
Chapter Six: Apophatic Thought as the Missing Mean between Radically Secular and Radically Orthodox Theology
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One of the important gains for the perspective of negative or apophatic theology that I have developed up to this point is its potential for enabling uncircumscribed dialogue among religious faiths and, perhaps even more importantly, between religious faith and secular culture. In order to demonstrate...
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Hent De Vries’s Minimal Theologies charts its course between two statements, taken as his book’s epigraphs, of an anti-credo—of the refusal to believe and profess. The first is from Theodor W. Adorno’s Negative Dialectics: One who believes in God therefore cannot believe in Him. The...
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Index, About the Author
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Page Count: 384
Publication Year: 2014
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth