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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 stumble upon with what exceeds speech has develop into the the most important philosophical factor of our time. He proposes an unique philosophy pivoting on research of the bounds of language. The e-book additionally deals readings of literary texts as poetically acting the philosophical ideas it expounds. Franke engages with philosophical theologies and philosophies of faith within the debate over unfavorable theology and indicates how apophaticism infiltrates the pondering even of these who try and deny or delimit it.

In six cohesive essays, Franke explores primary points of unsayability. within the first and 3rd essays, his philosophical argument is carried via with acute awareness to modes of unsayability which are published most sensible by means of literary works, quite by way of negativities of poetic language within the oeuvres of Paul Celan and Edmond Jabès. Franke engages in serious 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 particularly as present in Damascius and as illuminated via postmodern suggestion, rather Jean-Luc Nancy’s deconstruction of Christianity. within the final essays, Franke treats the strain among modern ways to philosophy of religion—Radical Orthodoxy and significantly 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 particular idea of unsayability, that is expert by way of 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 stated not just near to sleek eu poetry but additionally with appreciate to modern theology. A Philosophy of the Unsayable is crucial analyzing 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 claim approximately not-saying. Apophatic language and adverse theology were accused of meaninglessness, nihilism, or even ill-concealed ontologies. during this stunning and extraordinary ebook, 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 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 pupil in comparative literature, who's schooled in philosophy and faith. he's famous 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 exhibits an highbrow take hold of of a dizzying array of discourses and sheds genuine mild on all thinkers who're discussed." —Cyril O'Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology, college of Notre Dame

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Discourse engenders the possibility of projecting this transcendence to a beyond that ­cannot be articulated. The self-reflexive (and thereby also self-negating) powers of language are crucial to this capability of discourse to project infinitely beyond itself. The reflexiveness characteristic of human self-consciousness in ­language—which arguably defines the threshold of the human vis-à-vis other forms of conscious life—is what makes possible the operations of ­totalization and singularization.

To us and our definitions, it is manifest only by its incompleteness. Hegel snubbed this as the “bad infinite” (“die schlechte Unendlichkeit”), but modern thinkers of the fragment, beginning with Hölderlin, the late Schelling, and Kierkegaard, and continuing to Rosen­ zweig and Benjamin, and then with those thinking in (and out of ) the breaking and bursting asunder of the word—Bataille, Levinas, Blanchot, Derrida, Celan, Jabès—have attempted to think through this open-ended infinite that is unthinkable and thereby delimits thought.

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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