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Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

DAVID R. LAW

in Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

Published in print April 1993 | ISBN: 9780198263364
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682506 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.003.0008

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

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This chapter examines whether Søren Kierkegaard may be considered a negative theologian. It suggests that though apophaticism is an inherent element in Kierkegaard's thought he stands in a very different tradition from negative theologians. This is because the motivating force in the theologies of the negative theologians is not Kierkegaard existentialism but Neoplatonism with its emphasis on the One and the problem of multiplicity. His most basic similarity with the negative theologians is his emphasis on the transcendence of God.

Keywords: Søren Kierkegaard; negative theologian; apophaticism; existentialism; Neoplatonism; transcendence of God; mulitplicity

Chapter.  4791 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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