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“William Franke is an articulate spokesman for what cannot be said not only with regards to modern European poetry but also with respect to contemporary theology. A Philosophy of the Unsayable is essential reading for everyone working in religion and literature and in modern theology.” —Kevin Hart, Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies, University of Virginia “By now, it would seem that there could be no more to say about notsaying . Apophatic language and negative theology have been accused of meaninglessness, nihilism, and even ill-concealed ontologies. In this lovely and surprising book, William Franke not only deftly undoes these criticisms but shows that apophasis underlies and strangely grounds all language and thought, even of those very discourses that most vigorously reject it. A Philosophy of the Unsayable demonstrates with elegance that there is indeed more to say, and more that is both meaningful and important.” — Karmen MacKendrick, Le Moyne College “William Franke is an eminent scholar in comparative literature, who is schooled in philosophy and religion. He is recognized as one of the most creative contemporary thinkers working at the double intersection of philosophy and literature and philosophy and theology. A Philosophy of the Unsayable shows an intellectual grasp of a dizzying array of discourses and sheds real light on all thinkers who are discussed.” —Cyril O’Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame William Franke is professor of philosophy and religions at the University of Macao and professor of comparative literature and religious studies at Vanderbilt University. He is author or editor of a number of books, including On What Cannot Be Said: Apophatic Discourses in Philosophy, Religion, Literature, and the Arts, vol. 1, Classic Formulations, and vol. 2, Modern and Contemporary Transformations (2007), published by the University of Notre Dame Press. THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME PRESS Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 undpress.nd.edu ...


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