Abstract: Apophatic theology claims that there is some significant sense in which we cannot say what God is, whilst also maintaining that God exists. Prof. Hewitt describes apophatic theology and details some of its potential implications for the philosophy of religion. He then attempts a diagnosis of why apophatic theology has been largely ignored in the analytic philosophy of religion, drawing attention to ideas about reference which are commonplace in the tradition, and showing how these make apophaticism appear untenable.

About: Simon Hewitt is a lecturer in the School of Philosophy, Religion, and the History of Science at the University of Leeds.  His background is in logic and the philosophy of mathematics; He’s mostly working at the moment on philosophy of religion and the philosophy of logic. He is the author of Negative Theology and Philosophical Analysis : Only the Splendour of Light (Palgrave).

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