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Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism$
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Henny Fiskå Hägg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288083

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199288089.001.0001

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The Knowledge of God

The Knowledge of God

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Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism

Henny Fiskå Hägg

Oxford University Press

The relationship between Clement’s apophaticism and his epistemology is discussed. Particular attention is paid to the consequences of the negative way to God — as an expression of Clement’s view of God’s absolute incomprehensibility — and to the negative way’s relation to the positive, or cataphatic way: the way of knowing the unknowable.

Keywords:   epistemology, negative way, incomprehensibility, positive way, cataphatic way

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