Effing the Ineffable

Existential Mumblings at the Limits of Language

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Wesley J. Wildman
  • Albany, NY: 
    State University of New York Press
    , October
     2018.
     256 pages.
     $85.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781438471235.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

A meditation on how religious language tries to limn the liminal, conceive the inconceivable, speak the unspeakable, and say the unsayable.

In Effing the Ineffable, Wesley J. Wildman confronts the human obsession with ultimate reality and our desire to conceive and speak of this reality through religious language, despite the seeming impossibility of doing so. Each chapter is a meditative essay on an aspect of life that, for most people, is fraught with special spiritual significance: dreaming, suffering, creating, slipping, balancing, eclipsing, loneliness, intensity, and bliss. These moments can inspire religious questioning and commitment, and, in extreme situations, drive us in search of ways to express what matters most to us. Drawing upon American pragmatist, Anglo-American analytic, and Continental traditions of philosophical theology, Wildman shows how, through direct description, religious symbolism, and phenomenological experience, the language games of religion become a means to attempt, and, in some sense, to accomplish this task.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Wesley J. Wildman is Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics at Boston University. His many books include Religious Philosophy as Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry: Envisioning a Future for the Philosophy of Religion andFidelity with Plausibility: Modest Christologies in the Twentieth Century, both also published by SUNY Press.

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