Divine Ineffability and Franciscan Knowledge

Res Philosophica 95 (3):347-370 (2018)

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Lorraine Juliano Keller
Saint Joseph's University of Pennsylvania
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There’s been a recent surge of interest among analytic philosophers of religion in divine ineffability. However, divine ineffability is part of a traditional conception of God that has been widely rejected among analytic philosophers of religion for the past few decades. One of the main reasons that the traditional conception of God has been rejected is because it allegedly makes God too remote, unknowable, and impersonal. In this paper, I present an account of divine ineffability that directly addresses this concern by arguing that the deepest knowledge of God’s nature that we can attain is personal, rather than propositional. On this view, it is precisely because knowledge of God’s nature is personal that it cannot be linguistically expressed and communicated.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  History of Philosophy  Apophaticism  Classical Theism  Philosophy of Language  Semantic Incompleteness
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ISBN(s) 2168-9105
DOI 10.11612/resphil.1687
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