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Apophatic Bodies: Negative Theology, Incarnation, and Relationality

Chris Boesel and Catherine Keller

Abstract

The ancient doctrine of negative theology or apophasis—the attempt to describe God by speaking only of what cannot be said about the divine perfection and goodness—has taken on new life in the concern with language and its limits that preoccupies much post-modern philosophy, theology, and related disciplines. How does this mystical tradition intersect with the concern with material bodies that is simultaneously a focus in these areas? This volume pursues the unlikely conjunction of apophasis and the body, not for the cachet of the “cutting edge” ... More

Keywords: negative theology, apophasis, philosophy, theology, apophatic discourse, incarnation, embodiment, sexuality, cosmology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230815
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230815.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Boesel, editor

Catherine Keller, editor
Theological School, Drew University

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Introduction

Chris Boesel, and Catherine Keller

Negative Theology: Unfolding Traditions

Incarnations: Body/Image

More Mysterious Bodies: Veils, Voids, Visions

“The Body is No Body”

David L. Miller

Apophatic Ethics: Whose Body, Whose Speech?

Love Stories: Unspeakable Relations, Infinite Freedom

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