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Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian$
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David R. Law

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263364

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.001.0001

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Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

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Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian


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This chapter examines whether Søren Kierkegaard may be considered a negative theologian. It suggests that though apophaticism is an inherent element in Kierkegaard's thought he stands in a very different tradition from negative theologians. This is because the motivating force in the theologies of the negative theologians is not Kierkegaard existentialism but Neoplatonism with its emphasis on the One and the problem of multiplicity. His most basic similarity with the negative theologians is his emphasis on the transcendence of God.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, negative theologian, apophaticism, existentialism, Neoplatonism, transcendence of God, mulitplicity

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