On the Absence and Unknowability of God
Heidegger and the Areopagite 2nd
By (author) Christos Yannaras
Edited by Andrew Louth
Translated by Haralambos Ventis
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On the Absence and Unknowability of God by Christos Yannaras
Book DescriptionAn English translation of a contemporary classic in Orthodox theology, this text refutes one of the main atheistic arguments. It includes a major introduction to the work of Yannaras and the modern significance of Greek Orthodox theology by Andrew Louth. Yannaras begins by outlining Heidegger's analysis of the fate of western metaphysics, which ends, he argues, in a nihilistic atheism. Yannaras's response is largely to accept Heidegger's analysis, but to argue that, although it applies to the western tradition of what Heidegger calls "onto theology" (which regards God as a "being", even if the highest), it does not take account of the Orthodox tradition of apophatic theology, of which Dionysius the Areopagite is a pre-eminent example. A God "beyond being" escapes the criticism of Heidegger, and provides an alternative to Heidegger's nihilistic conclusion.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780567088062
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: T.& T.Clark Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christos Yannaras
On the Absence and Unknowability of God, Paperback (December 2006)
Outlines Heidegger's analysis of the fate of western metaphysics. The author's response is largely to accept Heidegger's analysis, but to argue that, although it applies to the western tradition of what Heidegger calls "onto theology", it does not take account of the Orthodox tradition of apophatic theology.
Elements of Faith, Paperback (January 1991)» View all books by Christos Yannaras
A clear and concise introduction to Orthodox theology.
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Author Biography - Christos Yannaras
Christos Yannaras is Professor of Philosophy at the Pantion University, Athens, Greece. Professor Andrew Louth is Professor of Patristics in the University of Durham. He was formerly Dean and Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, UK. Among his many books are Maximus the Confessor (Routledge) and Dionysius the Arepoagite (Continuum)
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