Comparative Philosophy of Religion

Ineffability: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion

Editors: Knepper, Timothy D, Kalmanson, Leah E (Eds.)

  • Represents the first concerted effort in religiously diverse and inclusive philosophy of religion
  • Is the only book that brings together scholars of diverse religious and artistic traditions in a cross-cultural inquiry of ineffability
  • Examines religious ineffability without neglecting its important connections to artistic and literary expressions of inexpressibility
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This collection of essays is an exercise in comparative philosophy of religion that explores the different ways in which humans express the inexpressible. It brings together scholars of over a dozen religious, literary, and artistic traditions, as part of The Comparison Project's 2013-15 lecture and dialogue series on "religion beyond words."  Specialist scholars first detailed the grammars of ineffability in nine different religious traditions as well as the adjacent fields of literature, poetry, music, and art. The Comparison Project's directors then compared this diverse set of phenomena, offering explanations for their patterning, and raising philosophical questions of truth and value about religious ineffability in comparative perspective. 

This book is the inaugural publication of The Comparison Project, an innovative new approach to the philosophy of religion housed at Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa, USA). The Comparison Project organizes a biennial series of scholar lectures, practitioner dialogues, and comparative panels about core, cross-cultural topics in the philosophy of religion. Specialist scholars of religion first explore this topic in their religions of expertise; comparativist philosophers of religion then raise questions of meaning, truth, and value about this topic in comparative perspective. The Comparison Project stands apart from traditional approaches to the philosophy of religion in its commitment to religious inclusivity. It is the future of the philosophy of religion in a diverse, global world.


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Ineffability in Comparative Philosophical Perspective

    Knepper, Timothy D.

    Pages 1-8

  • From Communicable Matter to Incommunicable “Stuff”: Extreme Combinatorics and the Return of Ineffability

    Stafford, Barbara Maria

    Pages 9-27

  • Pseudo-Dionysius and Paul’s Sermon to the Unknown God

    Knepper, Timothy D.

    Pages 29-40

  • After Silence, That Which Comes Nearest

    Bellman, Jonathan D.

    Pages 41-58

  • “Names Are the Guest of Reality”: Apophasis, Mysticism, and Soteriology in Daoist Perspective

    Komjathy 康思奇, Louis

    Pages 59-94

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eBook $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ineffability: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion
Editors
  • Timothy D Knepper
  • Leah E Kalmanson
Series Title
Comparative Philosophy of Religion
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64165-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64165-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64163-8
Series ISSN
2522-0020
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 288
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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