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In A Philosophy of the Unsayable, William Franke argues that the come upon with what exceeds speech has develop into the an important philosophical factor of our time. He proposes an unique philosophy pivoting on research of the boundaries of language. The ebook additionally deals readings of literary texts as poetically appearing the philosophical rules it expounds. Franke engages with philosophical theologies and philosophies of faith within the debate over destructive theology and exhibits how apophaticism infiltrates the considering even of these who try to deny or delimit it.

In six cohesive essays, Franke explores primary features of unsayability. within the first and 3rd essays, his philosophical argument is carried via with acute awareness to modes of unsayability which are printed top via literary works, quite via negativities of poetic language within the oeuvres of Paul Celan and Edmond Jabès. Franke engages in serious dialogue of apophatic currents of philosophy either historic and smooth, targeting Hegel and French post-Hegelianism in his moment essay and on Neoplatonism in his fourth essay. He treats Neoplatonic apophatics particularly as present in Damascius and as illuminated through postmodern notion, quite Jean-Luc Nancy’s deconstruction of Christianity. within the final essays, Franke treats the stress among modern techniques to philosophy of religion—Radical Orthodoxy and notably secular or Death-of-God theologies. A Philosophy of the Unsayable will curiosity students and scholars of philosophy, literature, faith, and the arts. This publication develops Franke's particular conception of unsayability, that is educated by means of his long-standing engagement with significant representatives of apophatic proposal within the Western tradition.

"William Franke is an articulate spokesman for what can't be acknowledged not just almost about sleek ecu poetry but additionally with admire to modern theology. A Philosophy of the Unsayable is crucial examining for everybody operating in faith and literature and in glossy theology."
Kevin Hart, Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian experiences, collage of Virginia

"By now, it will appear that there can be not more to claim approximately not-saying. Apophatic language and unfavorable theology were accused of meaninglessness, nihilism, or even ill-concealed ontologies. during this attractive and fantastic e-book, William Franke not just deftly undoes those criticisms yet exhibits that apophasis underlies and unusually grounds all language and idea, even of these very discourses that the majority vigorously reject it. A Philosophy of the Unsayable demonstrates with splendor that there's certainly extra to assert, and extra that's either significant and important." —Karmen MacKendrick, Le Moyne College
"William Franke is an eminent pupil in comparative literature, who's schooled in philosophy and faith. he's famous as the most inventive modern thinkers operating on the double intersection of philosophy and literature and philosophy and theology. A Philosophy of the Unsayable indicates an highbrow seize of a dizzying array of discourses and sheds actual gentle on all thinkers who're discussed." —Cyril O'Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology, college of Notre Dame

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27 Hegel thus opens reason to the irrational, but he then absorbs the irrational back into reason, the Logos, and so back into the range of things that can be said. Hegel uncovers—even while he denies—the apophatic origin of all speech and reason. This is the nerve of his disturbed connection with a numerous progeny of postmodern heirs. 42 P hilosoph y and literature Closely related to this is another capital idea that passes through ­Kojève and Merleau-Ponty, an idea that is likewise crucial for understanding the reversal of Hegel wrought by his successors, namely, that of Hegel’s “existentialism,” or of death and finitude as the condition of all knowledge, even of absolute knowing.

This is the key to relating to the true All (Hegel’s “das wahre All”) that is not just our own figment. 45 Hegel’s striving for a knowledge of truth and totality is actually not mistaken in its underlying impulse, but he perverts it to the extent that he opts for a totally rational system as the form of its realization. This is too drastic a delimitation. It leaves too much of what mind and spirit seek out of account and unacknowledged. The divinization of Reason and the Subject derives from an Enlightenment humanism that remains enamored of itself and thereby closes itself off from all that is.

38, records that their “Ur-principle was held to be inconceivable and inexpressible and unnameable. . ” We have here an example of a historically immense but suppressed discourse that turns on what it cannot say. In Gnostic literature, a new life and a new status is accorded to myth on the basis of the apophatic shattering of the concept vis-à-vis the inconceivable. 18 Peter Kos­ lowski suggests how, on such a basis, narrating beyond one’s own notional grasp, Gnosis undertakes to tell the origin of all reality following the revelation of the biblical Genesis narrative.

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