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A philosophy of the unsayable by William Franke

By William Franke

In A Philosophy of the Unsayable, William Franke argues that the stumble upon with what exceeds speech has turn into the the most 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 detrimental theology and exhibits how apophaticism infiltrates the pondering even of these who try and deny or delimit it.

In six cohesive essays, Franke explores primary facets 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 by way of literary works, really via 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 glossy, 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 proposal, really 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 greatly 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 concept of unsayability, that is expert via his long-standing engagement with significant representatives of apophatic notion within the Western tradition.

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

"By now, it can appear that there should be not more to claim approximately not-saying. Apophatic language and adverse theology were accused of meaninglessness, nihilism, or even ill-concealed ontologies. during this stunning and brilliant e-book, William Franke not just deftly undoes those criticisms yet exhibits that apophasis underlies and unusually 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 assert, 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 essentially 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 take hold of of a dizzying array of discourses and sheds actual gentle on all thinkers who're discussed." —Cyril O'Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology, collage of Notre Dame

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There can be no apodictic or purely logical judgment concerning origins; these can only be narrated, not demonstrated, for they are unique and temporal and cannot be subsumed under universally valid propositions. Accordingly, narrative is ultimately the foundation of judgment and therefore also of system. ”20 Hegel, of course, does not take his System to be based on narrated judgment, but rather on the pure self-reflection of the concept. However, the real basis of intelligibility of his thought is the epic narrative of Spirit (Geist): it unfolds within a specifically Gnostic narrative of a Fall from the Idea into Nature and History and the subsequent struggle to reintegrate all into Spirit.

The supreme paradox of all thought is the attempt to discover something that thought cannot think. ”38 Not even the via negationis will serve reason to draw near to this other-than-reason, according to Kierkegaard (p. 55). No codified “way,” of course, could. Nevertheless, it is telling that Kierkegaard registers precisely this proximity, even in denying it—in a move that itself unwittingly imitates the negative way as a negation of method rather than a method. As such, this negation is indeed a way: it is not itself the destination, and In the Hollow of Pan’s Pipe 45 so is destined to be left behind.

It is a unique event, not a generality that can be 36 P hilosoph y and literature explained through universal principles. Each individual likewise is determined by a history that links contextually to an infinity of relations with other individuals and their histories. An individual event can never be exhaustively explained but can only be represented exemplarily, as in nar­ rative. Plato resorted to myth, particularly in the Timaeus, in order to account for the origin of the world, and this has remained exemplary of the predicament of philosophy ever since.

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