Publication details [#2699]

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Bern: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers


Boeve discusses the problem of apophatic theology, holding that images and concepts of God eventually always have to be denied in view of 'God's irreducible otherness' (p. 17). With the help of cognitive theory the author shows that in human communication such negated images and concepts remain meaningful, since a sign when struck through still is visible. Thus the negative theology of apophasis is still grounded in language, and therefore remains meaningful in terms of human experience. In the same way Boeve deals with the concept of the divine as metaphor, thus showing how the abstract concept still is rooted in the experiential world. (Frank Polak)