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“Being Neither Oneself Nor Someone Else”: The Apophatic Anthropology of Dionysius the Areopagite*

Charles M. Stang

in Apophatic Bodies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230815
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235087 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230815.003.0004

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

“Being Neither Oneself Nor Someone Else”:               The Apophatic Anthropology of Dionysius the Areopagite*

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This chapter traces Saint Paul's influence on Dionysius the Areopagite's “apophatic anthropology” and Christology. It offers a brief review of the Dionysian universe, giving special attention to the themes of body and creation, as well as the question of Paul's influence on Dionysius' “apophatic anthropology” and his corresponding Christology. It also argues that writing under a pseudonym is integral to the aims of the corpus. Finally, the chapter ponders whether and how this practice of writing stands outside the purview of the celestial and ecclesiastical hierarchies and thereby leaves open the possibility that one might access deifying union with the unknown God in ways other than those permitted by the hierarchies.

Keywords: Saint Paul; Dionysius the Areopagite; apophatic anthropology; Christology; God; hierarchies; pseudonym

Chapter.  6966 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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