By William Franke
In six cohesive essays, Franke explores basic features of unsayability. within the first and 3rd essays, his philosophical argument is carried via with acute cognizance to modes of unsayability which are published top by way of literary works, really 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 sleek, 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 via postmodern proposal, quite 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 booklet develops Franke's specific concept of unsayability, that's knowledgeable by way of his long-standing engagement with significant representatives of apophatic idea within the Western tradition.
"William Franke is an articulate spokesman for what can't be stated 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, collage of Virginia
"By now, it's going to appear that there can be not more to claim approximately not-saying. Apophatic language and destructive theology were accused of meaninglessness, nihilism, or even ill-concealed ontologies. during this gorgeous and dazzling ebook, William Franke not just deftly undoes those criticisms yet indicates that apophasis underlies and surprisingly grounds all language and proposal, even of these very discourses that almost all 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 pupil in comparative literature, who's schooled in philosophy and faith. he's well-known as the most artistic modern thinkers operating on the double intersection of philosophy and literature and philosophy and theology. A Philosophy of the Unsayable indicates an highbrow clutch 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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Only a finite being can reach absolute knowing—a consciousness in which consciousness and self- consciousness are one and the same. Only because of death can the in- itself and the for-consciousness fully coincide. Death is necessary to a fully realized and exhaustively known totality. Man must be mortal and finite to be perfectly comprehensible to himself. Only on this basis can Spirit sublate its ultimate ground to itself. 29 But precisely these interpretations actually break the circle of Being-Logos open to what inevitably evades reason and invades speech in the reverberating shock waves after Hegel.
Only its relatively abstract form can be stated in language. And such distinctions are all conceptual creations that purport to be based on realities. The real, however, stripped of all conceptual determination, cannot as such be grasped or said. In the end we make discriminations, such as that between abstract and concrete, on the basis of a judgment that can never be fully justified in words. Everything in philosophy depends on how these sorts of conceptual demarcations are negotiated. Such negotiations, however, take place behind the scenes by means of silent, pragmatic pacts and tacit understandings that can never be completely articulated or explained but are simply embedded in the conventions of the language we use, and so are implicitly accepted and in effect obeyed.
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A philosophy of the unsayable by William Franke