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Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion

Negative Theology and Philosophical Analysis

Only the Splendour of Light

Authors: Hewitt, Simon

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  • Shows that negative theology is an integral part of how Christians have thought about God
  • Emphasizes the work of a strand of philosophical theology influenced by Wittgenstein as well as Aquinas
  • Makes the case for a broader understanding of analytic theology, grounded in a broader understanding of the analytic tradition
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This book is the first treatment at length of negative, or apophatic, theology within the analytic tradition. Apophatic theology holds that there is a significant sense in which we cannot say what God is. Important negative theological elements are present in a host of Christian thinkers, from Gregory of Nyssa to Aquinas, and yet apophaticism is neglected in philosophical theology as practiced within the analytic tradition. By contrast, Hewitt shows how apophatic theology is integral to how Christians have thought about God, and how it can be defended against standard attacks in the philosophical literature.

Hewitt diagnoses the unease with apophaticism amongst contempory philosophical theologicans as rooted in a certain picture of how language functions, here called referentialism. Arguing that this picture is not compulsory, an account of language which sits more comfortably with negative theology (originating from work of later Wittgenstein) is invoked, and applied to key themes in philosophical theology including divine personhood, the Trinity, the Incarnation and the afterlife.


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Simon Hewitt is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science at the University of Leeds, UK.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Negative Theology and Philosophical Analysis
Book Subtitle
Only the Splendour of Light
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-49602-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-49602-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-49601-2
Series ISSN
2634-6176
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 191
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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