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Negative Theology and Modern French Philosophy

By Arthur Bradley

© 2004 – Routledge

256 pages

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This book provides a significant and insightful exploration of the so-called 'theological turn' in contemporary French thought. The philosopher Jacques Derrida speaks of a deeply ambiguous desire to 'save the name' of God in his work on negative theology, and this desire resonates in different ways in the work of his contemporaries. This turn to religion within the work of a group of thinkers who have been stereotypically identified as relativists or nihilists prompts a series of questions which form the background to this study.

Negative Theology and Modern French Philosophy advance a reading of negative theology as an ancient name for something that is essential, not simply to modern French thought, but to all responsible thought and action whatsoever. It will be of essential interest to theologians and philosophers and will also interest those concerned with the work of Derrida and his contemporaries.


"A carefully-constructed labyrinth of impressively delicate arguments, weaving together five major Continental theorists into a cumulative, interlocking and admirably balanced re-consideration of modern French thought…Bradley’s work remains a key text in this gradual (and overdue) dissolution of the boundaries between the sacred and the secular."– Ian Almond, Journal of American Academy of Religion

Table of Contents


Part One: Histories

Part Two: Theologies

Part Three: Atheologies

Part Four: Futures


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Routledge Studies in Religion

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Theology