By William Franke
In six cohesive essays, Franke explores primary points of unsayability. within the first and 3rd essays, his philosophical argument is carried via with acute consciousness to modes of unsayability which are printed top through literary works, really through negativities of poetic language within the oeuvres of Paul Celan and Edmond Jabès. Franke engages in severe dialogue of apophatic currents of philosophy either old and smooth, concentrating on 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 via postmodern idea, relatively Jean-Luc Nancy’s deconstruction of Christianity. within the final essays, Franke treats the stress among modern ways to philosophy of religion—Radical Orthodoxy and appreciably 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 specific idea of unsayability, that's expert via 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 as regards to glossy eu poetry but in addition with recognize 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 reviews, collage of Virginia
"By now, it should look that there may be not more to assert approximately not-saying. Apophatic language and unfavourable theology were accused of meaninglessness, nihilism, or even ill-concealed ontologies. during this gorgeous and extraordinary booklet, William Franke not just deftly undoes those criticisms yet exhibits that apophasis underlies and surprisingly grounds all language and suggestion, even of these very discourses that almost all vigorously reject it. A Philosophy of the Unsayable demonstrates with beauty 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 well-known 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 seize of a dizzying array of discourses and sheds genuine gentle on all thinkers who're discussed." —Cyril O'Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology, college of Notre Dame
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It has become increasingly evident in our time that this intellectual operation and movement of negation continue down the path of reflection broken open not quite two millennia ago by Neoplatonic thought. 11 Radical heterogeneity, as emphasized particularly by numerous authors writing in French, like Michel de Certeau,12 shows up in relief against this traditional background of Neoplatonic thinking, which recognized the One as irreducibly other with respect to all thinking and being and conceived of it similarly, in terms of the limits of language, as the Ineffable.
7 For the early, logical-positivist Wittgenstein, there really is no expressing anything infinite and beyond language—not by apophatic modes of linguistic dysfunction, nor even by silence (which he enjoins, but not as if it indicated or expressed anything). Even for a certain young, still highly Hegelian Benjamin, it is only because world and word alike are fallen that the infinite communicativity of language encounters a limit and comes up against what cannot be said, checked particularly by the muteness of nature.
Hegel’s reason is, of course, self-transcending reason. Nevertheless, the other and the nonidentical, the irreducibly different, seem in the end—at least to Hegel’s postmodern critics—to be excluded by the final triumph of identity in the identity of identity and difference. If self-transcending is only that, then it is still centered on self rather than radically open to the other; it is oriented to closure rather than to the unceasing questioning which we are.
A philosophy of the unsayable by William Franke