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On the Absence and Unknowability of God: Heidegger and the Areopagite

By 2 authors Christos Yannaras Andrew Louth / T&T Clark / 2005

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Overview

This volume, one of the earliest by Christos Yannaras, was first published in 1967 and has become a contemporary classic. 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.

Product Details

  • Title: On the Absence and Unknowability of God: Heidegger and the Areopagite
  • Author: Christos Yannaras
  • Publisher: T&T Clark International
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 128

About Christos Yannaras

Christos Yannaras is Professor of Philosophy at the Pantion University, Athens.

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