By William Franke
In six cohesive essays, Franke explores basic facets of unsayability. within the first and 3rd essays, his philosophical argument is carried via with acute realization to modes of unsayability which are published top via literary works, fairly by means 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 sleek, concentrating on 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 by means of postmodern proposal, really 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 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 booklet develops Franke's specific thought of unsayability, that is knowledgeable by means of his long-standing engagement with significant representatives of apophatic proposal within the Western tradition.
"William Franke is an articulate spokesman for what can't be acknowledged not just almost about glossy eu poetry but additionally with recognize 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 stories, college 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 beautiful and outstanding booklet, William Franke not just deftly undoes those criticisms yet exhibits that apophasis underlies and unusually grounds all language and idea, even of these very discourses that the majority vigorously reject it. A Philosophy of the Unsayable demonstrates with attractiveness 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 pupil in comparative literature, who's schooled in philosophy and faith. he's famous as 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 seize of a dizzying array of discourses and sheds actual gentle on all thinkers who're discussed." —Cyril O'Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology, college of Notre Dame
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Something we cannot define in our discourse remains the unexpressed point and ungraspable motivation driving all that we can and do say. Totalization and singularization open up a perspective upon what cannot be given within language but is rather the inexpressible Giving in which language itself originates. They define something finite; yet whence comes this capability to articulate a whole or express a singular individual? These finite forms have been produced by something operative and yet not exhausted within them.
2 Indeed, anything finite and definable proves in the end insufficient to satisfy and motivate modern, Faustian humanity. For in the historical course of its development, the human spirit discovers itself to be without definable intrinsic limits. Whatever limits it recognizes always turn out, at least in their articulated, verbally defined form, to be limits that it has set and defined for itself. Whatever depths and riches of human spirit we can exhaustively state may be highly revealing, but they cannot account for or motivate the infinite passion by which humans— perhaps insofar as 26 P hilosoph y and literature they are human—can be motivated, even in this very activity of endless articulation and self-definition.
Similarly epoch-making were the seminars on the Phenomenology given by Jean Hyppolite at the École Normale Supérieure and the Collège de France until his death in 1968. This date was signaled by his student, Jacques Derrida, as the time of a “punctuation” in the intellectual life of the French university. In this milieu, Hegel came to be read as the precursor of the discovery of the irrational and the unconscious. Merleau-Ponty attests: Hegel inaugurates the attempt to explore the irrational and integrate it with an enlarged reason, which remains the task of our century.
A philosophy of the unsayable by William Franke