By William Franke

ISBN-10: 026802894X

ISBN-13: 9780268028947

ISBN-10: 0268079773

ISBN-13: 9780268079772

In A Philosophy of the Unsayable, William Franke argues that the come across with what exceeds speech has turn into the an important philosophical factor of our time. He proposes an unique philosophy pivoting on research of the boundaries of language. The publication 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 unfavorable theology and exhibits how apophaticism infiltrates the pondering even of these who try and deny or delimit it.

In six cohesive essays, Franke explores basic elements of unsayability. within the first and 3rd essays, his philosophical argument is carried via with acute awareness to modes of unsayability which are printed most sensible via literary works, quite by means of negativities of poetic language within the oeuvres of Paul Celan and Edmond Jabès. Franke engages in severe dialogue of apophatic currents of philosophy either historical and smooth, targeting Hegel and French post-Hegelianism in his moment essay and on Neoplatonism in his fourth essay. He treats Neoplatonic apophatics specifically as present in Damascius and as illuminated by means of postmodern idea, really Jean-Luc Nancy’s deconstruction of Christianity. within the final essays, Franke treats the strain among modern methods to philosophy of religion—Radical Orthodoxy and considerably secular or Death-of-God theologies. A Philosophy of the Unsayable will curiosity students and scholars of philosophy, literature, faith, and the arts. This e-book develops Franke's specific idea of unsayability, that's educated through his long-standing engagement with significant representatives of apophatic suggestion within the Western tradition.

"William Franke is an articulate spokesman for what can't be acknowledged not just with reference to smooth ecu poetry but in addition with admire to modern theology. A Philosophy of the Unsayable is crucial interpreting for everybody operating in faith and literature and in sleek theology."
Kevin Hart, Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian reviews, college of Virginia

"By now, it should look that there should be not more to assert approximately not-saying. Apophatic language and adverse theology were accused of meaninglessness, nihilism, or even ill-concealed ontologies. during this wonderful and unbelievable booklet, William Franke not just deftly undoes those criticisms yet exhibits that apophasis underlies and surprisingly grounds all language and notion, 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 claim, and extra that's either significant and important." —Karmen MacKendrick, Le Moyne College
"William Franke is an eminent student in comparative literature, who's schooled in philosophy and faith. he's famous as some of 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 take hold of of a dizzying array of discourses and sheds actual mild on all thinkers who're discussed." —Cyril O'Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology, college of Notre Dame

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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. It makes a metahistory of all reality in terms of its threefold schema of Origin, Fall, and future Reintegration of the Pleroma.

It is pointed up by ruptures in language—Bataille’s “déchirements”—as the realization within language of some life or movement that strives beyond it. I have been speaking somewhat like Gregory of Nyssa, with his notion, called epektasis, of the soul or consciousness being drawn endlessly beyond itself toward an unrealizable infinity and even of an open-ended, 32 P hilosoph y and literature self-transcending totality of meaning. Yet in recent, postmodern apophasis (with precedents already, for example, in the sixteenth-century Sefardic Kabbalah of Moses Cordovero and Isaac Luria), the tendency has been to emphasize the breaking and shattering of all meanings as that which opens language to intimations of what lies beyond its possibilities of saying.

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.

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