Skeptizismus und negative Theologie: Endlichkeit als transformative Erfahrung


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Rico Gutschmidt
Universität Konstanz
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Scepticism and negative theology are best understood not as theoretical positions, but rather as forms of philosophical practice that performatively undermine our knowledge claims or our seeming understanding of God. In particular, I am arguing that both scepticism and negative theology invoke the failure of the attempt to understand the absolute, be it God or the notion of absolute objectivity. However, with reference to L. A. Paul’s notion of epistemically transformative experience, I am arguing that we still understand something about the absolute through the experience of failing to think it. This, of course, is a non-propositional form of understanding, and I am arguing that there is something about the finitude of the human condition that can only be understood through a transformative philosophical experience with respect to the absolute.
Keywords Negative Theology  Neoplatonism  Plotinus  Pyrrhonism  Stanley Cavell  scepticism  transformative experience
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