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 turn into the an important philosophical factor of our time. He proposes an unique philosophy pivoting on research of the bounds of language. The publication additionally deals readings of literary texts as poetically acting the philosophical rules it expounds. Franke engages with philosophical theologies and philosophies of faith within the debate over damaging theology and indicates how apophaticism infiltrates the considering even of these who try to deny or delimit it.

In six cohesive essays, Franke explores primary elements of unsayability. within the first and 3rd essays, his philosophical argument is carried via with acute recognition to modes of unsayability which are printed top via literary works, rather by way 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 historic and glossy, concentrating on Hegel and French post-Hegelianism in his moment essay and on Neoplatonism in his fourth essay. He treats Neoplatonic apophatics specially as present in Damascius and as illuminated through postmodern proposal, rather Jean-Luc Nancy’s deconstruction of Christianity. within the final essays, Franke treats the strain among modern techniques 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 thought of unsayability, that's expert via 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 acknowledged not just on the subject of sleek eu poetry but additionally with admire to modern theology. A Philosophy of the Unsayable is crucial analyzing for everybody operating in faith and literature and in smooth theology."
Kevin Hart, Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian experiences, college of Virginia

"By now, it is going to look that there may be not more to claim approximately not-saying. Apophatic language and detrimental theology were accused of meaninglessness, nihilism, or even ill-concealed ontologies. during this gorgeous and impressive publication, William Franke not just deftly undoes those criticisms yet indicates that apophasis underlies and surprisingly grounds all language and inspiration, 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 student in comparative literature, who's schooled in philosophy and faith. he's famous as probably 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 grab 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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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.

What these discourses reveal, I contend, is that we are always oriented in all that we do say by what we cannot say, so that, indirectly, we are always talking “about”—or at least “from” or “out of ”—what cannot be said. ” This contention is susceptible of a variety of interpretations that make it by turns either obvious or absurd—a matter of plain self-evidence, or else perfect paradox. On the obvious side, what motivates never-ending human saying of things could only be something that never can be said.

When “das Gedicht” (the poem) is turned into “das Genicht” (the noem or no-poem), the word is broken open to let out the nothingness in its midst, and this says something about poetry, language, and everything that is: it insinuates their derivation from Nothing—that is, from nothing that can be said. The essential poem, like the essence of anything and everything, so far exceeds words and concepts (including the concept of essence) as to be nothing at all in their terms. 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.

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