Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 November 2009

448 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823230822

Bookseller Code (01)

Apophatic Bodies

Negative Theology, Incarnation, and Relationality

Edited by Chris Boesel and Catherine Keller

A Fordham University Press Publication

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 postmodern 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 edgebut rather out of an ethical passion for the integrity of all creaturely bodies as they are caught up in various ideological mechanisms-religious, theological, political, economic-that threaten their dignity and material well-being. The contributors, a diverse collection of scholars in theology, philosophy, history, and biblical studies, engage and deploy the resources of contextual and liberation theology, post-structuralism, postcolonialism, process thought, and feminism.


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