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Negation Theories of Subsistence (1) The Thirteenth Century

Richard Cross

in The Metaphysics of the Incarnation: Thomas Aquinas to Duns Scotus

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199244362
eISBN:
9780191697357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244362.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines the theories of Peter John Olivi, Godfrey of Fontaines, and Hervaeus Natalis. The earliest explicit attempt to defend the negation theory of subsistence — the theory that what ... More


Negation Theories of Subsistence (2) Duns Scotus

Richard Cross

in The Metaphysics of the Incarnation: Thomas Aquinas to Duns Scotus

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199244362
eISBN:
9780191697357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244362.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Duns Scotus accepts the negation theory of subsistence, and provides a considerably more sophisticated account of it than either Olivi or (especially) Godfrey. Scotus also provides arguments to ... More


Introduction to apophasis

J. P. Williams

in Denying Divinity: Apophasis in the Patristic Christian and Soto Zen Buddhist Traditions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269991
eISBN:
9780191683855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269991.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology, World Religions

This book contributes to the budding renaissance of apophatic theology by providing an analysis of certain central source-texts and deriving therefrom a definition of apophasis that has clear support ... More


The Greco-Christian background

J. P. Williams

in Denying Divinity: Apophasis in the Patristic Christian and Soto Zen Buddhist Traditions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269991
eISBN:
9780191683855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269991.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology, World Religions

Both the Buddhist and Patristic traditions are characterized by an evolution from negation to apophasis proper. In the Christian case, apophasis first becomes explicit in Dionysius, and is thoroughly ... More


Dionysius

J. P. Williams

in Denying Divinity: Apophasis in the Patristic Christian and Soto Zen Buddhist Traditions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269991
eISBN:
9780191683855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269991.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology, World Religions

Dionysius argues (in the conclusion to The Divine Names) that apophasis is an ascent towards the divine, involving not merely the intellect but the entire soul; and that the writers of scripture ... More


Maximus the Confessor

J. P. Williams

in Denying Divinity: Apophasis in the Patristic Christian and Soto Zen Buddhist Traditions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269991
eISBN:
9780191683855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269991.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology, World Religions

This chapter presents a reading of Maximus the Confessor's apophatic theology based on a broad spectrum of his writings. It focuses on three texts that offer slightly different versions of a ... More


Dogen’s apophasis

J. P. Williams

in Denying Divinity: Apophasis in the Patristic Christian and Soto Zen Buddhist Traditions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269991
eISBN:
9780191683855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269991.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology, World Religions

Dogen's basic presentation of the Buddhist Way is entirely orthodox. He intends the practitioner to cease grasping and clinging to phenomena and to concepts, and sees the way to achieving this ... More


Introduction

William Johnston

in The Mysticism of the Cloud of Unknowing

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823220748
eISBN:
9780823236824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823220748.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter provides a background to the works of the anonymous English author of The Cloud of Unknowing. This man belongs to a mystical trend known as “apophatic” because of its tendency to ... More


The Cloud of Forgetting

William Johnston

in The Mysticism of the Cloud of Unknowing

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823220748
eISBN:
9780823236824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823220748.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter considers the paradoxical statement that, on the one hand, God cannot be known, and on the other hand, He can be known by unknowing. It notes three things based on the doctrine of ... More


Milk of My Tears

Noëlle Vahanian

in The Rebellious No: Variations on a Secular Theology of Language

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823256952
eISBN:
9780823261444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823256952.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter establishes God, the Word, as the genesis of linguistic reality for a subject. This genesis of linguistic reality happens in the middle of experience, in a borrowed tongue, in a ... More


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