Apophasis and Askêsis: Contemporary Philosophy and Mystical Theology

Ellsworth Jonathan

in Rethinking Philosophy of Religion

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780823222063
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235605 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Apophasis and Askêsis:               Contemporary Philosophy and Mystical Theology

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This chapter examines the concepts of apophasis and askesis in mystical theology and contemporary philosophy. It provides some explanation for the revival of interest in research and discussion on apophaticism in certain segments of contemporary philosophy. It emphasizes the link between apophasis and askesis and explores the consequences of failing to acknowledge this link and the epistemological, hermeneutical, and ethical implications of such an acknowledgement.

Keywords: apophasis; askesis; mystical theology; contemporary philosophy; apophaticism

Chapter.  6123 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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