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Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

David R. Law

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263364
eISBN:
9780191682506
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This book is concerned with Kierkegaard's ‘apophaticism’, i.e. with those elements of Kierkegaard's thought that emphasize the incapacity of human reason and the hiddenness of God. Apophaticism is an ... More


Negative Theology and Conversion: Derrida's Neoplatonic Compulsions

Stephen Gersh

in Derrida and Antiquity

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199545544
eISBN:
9780191720598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545544.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter concentrates on two of Derrida's texts, How to Avoid Speaking: Denials and Circumfession, in order to show how the author reads major figures within the Platonic or Neoplatonic ... More


Introduction

DAVID R. LAW

in Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263364
eISBN:
9780191682506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the apophaticism or negative theology of philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard. This book traces the historical ... More


Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, and the Transformation of Divine Simplicity

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199574117
eISBN:
9780191722110
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574117.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

Divine simplicity is the idea that, as the ultimate principle of the universe, God must be a non‐composite unity not made up of parts or diverse attributes. The idea was appropriated by early ... More


Language

George Pattison

in God and Being: An Enquiry

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199588688
eISBN:
9780191723339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588688.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Heidegger's critique of Gerede and Kierkegaard's analysis of chatter show language in crisis. However, this also reveals tensions in the basic structures of linguistic representation. This is ... More


CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

Merold Westphal

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195138092
eISBN:
9780199835348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195138090.003.0020
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

A triple sampling of the rich diversity of philosophical reflection on religion and on the relation of philosophy to religion within “continental” traditions. The first part explores three accounts ... More


Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: "No Longer I"

Charles M. Stang

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199640423
eISBN:
9780191738234
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640423.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This book argues that the pseudonym, Dionysius the Areopagite, and the influence of Paul together constitute the best interpretive lens for understanding the Corpus Dionysiacum [CD]. This book ... More


St Thomas Aquinas, OP: Understanding the Distinction

Lawrence Moonan

in Divine Power: The Medieval Power Distinction up to its Adoption by Albert, Bonaventure, and Aquinas

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198267553
eISBN:
9780191683282
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267553.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines St Thomas Aquinas's most detailed and explicit exposition of the Distinction; which is also the most detailed and explicit given by any medieval examined in this book. It dates ... More


Religious Language (C): God's Knowledge as a Divine Perfection

Daniel Davies

in Method and Metaphysics in Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199768738
eISBN:
9780199918980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199768738.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

An essential part of the law's theology, as Maimonides explains it, is that God knows all things as their creator. It is usually thought that this view opposes Maimonides' negative theology. This ... More


Apophatic Bodies: Negative Theology, Incarnation, and Relationality

Chris Boesel and Catherine Keller (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230815
eISBN:
9780823235087
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230815.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

The ancient doctrine of negative theology or apophasis—the attempt to describe God by speaking only of what cannot be said about the divine perfection and goodness—has taken on new ... More


St Albert the Great, OP

Lawrence Moonan

in Divine Power: The Medieval Power Distinction up to its Adoption by Albert, Bonaventure, and Aquinas

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198267553
eISBN:
9780191683282
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267553.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

St Albert the Great's contribution to an understanding of the Distinction is considerable. He makes it plain in more than one place that it is God's power to do things extrinsic to his nature that is ... More


The Cloud of the Impossible: Embodiment and Apophasis

Catherine Keller

in Apophatic Bodies: Negative Theology, Incarnation, and Relationality

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230815
eISBN:
9780823235087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230815.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Apophatic theology has little to (un)say about bodies, whereas it speaks volumes about that which it deems worthy of unsaying. It treats bodies generally not as wicked or ... More


Feminist Theology and the Sensible Unsaying of Mysticism

Sigridur Gudmarsdottir

in Apophatic Bodies: Negative Theology, Incarnation, and Relationality

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230815
eISBN:
9780823235087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230815.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

The literary theorist Anne-Marie Priest argues that if poststructural scholars of religion have pointed out the connections between Derridean deconstruction and negative ... More


The Apophasis of Divine Freedom: Saving “the Name” and the Neighbor from Human Mastery

Chris Boesel

in Apophatic Bodies: Negative Theology, Incarnation, and Relationality

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230815
eISBN:
9780823235087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230815.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter provides a very brief and very general characterization of a deconstructive reading of negative theology. It discusses, in addition to Jacques Derrida ... More


Faith As the Overcoming of Ontological Xenophobia

Merold Westphal

in Overcoming Onto-Theology: Toward a Postmodern Christian Faith

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823221301
eISBN:
9780823235483
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823221301.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter looks at Derrida's attempt to distinguish deconstruction from negative theology. In this context, it argues that Derrida opens the door without entering it, for ... More


Introduction

Chris Boesel and Catherine Keller

in Apophatic Bodies: Negative Theology, Incarnation, and Relationality

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230815
eISBN:
9780823235087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230815.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

The ancient tradition of apophasis, or negative theology, concerns itself with the infinity called “God”. It says and unsays talk about that God. It falls speechless before a ... More


Kant and the Negative Theology

Don Cupitt

in Is Nothing Sacred?: The Non-Realist Philosophy of Religion: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823222032
eISBN:
9780823235322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823222032.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter describes Donald MacKinnon's inference that Kant's religious thought was a negative theology because its doctrine emphasizes God's superiority and that he must be removed beyond the ... More


The Mystical Abyss: Via Negativa

An Yountae

in The Decolonial Abyss: Mysticism and Cosmopolitics from the Ruins

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780823273072
eISBN:
9780823273126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823273072.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines the notion of the abyss as it has been developed within the tradition of Western philosophy and theology. It traces the abyss back to its first inception in Neoplatonic ... More


Aquinas: Using the Distinction

Lawrence Moonan

in Divine Power: The Medieval Power Distinction up to its Adoption by Albert, Bonaventure, and Aquinas

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198267553
eISBN:
9780191683282
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267553.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Aquinas uses the Power Distinction more than a score of times — quite a few more, depending on how you count uses — from the earliest work of his career as a master in theology, to works of his last ... More


Religious Metaphors at the Crossroads between Apophatical Theology and Cognitive Linguistics: An Interdisciplinary Study

Kurt Feyaerts and Lieven Boeve

in Religion, Language, and the Human Mind

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190636647
eISBN:
9780190636678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190636647.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter introduces an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religious discourse, inspired by the observation that the tradition of negative theology, rediscovered by postmodern philosophy ... More


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