Forms of Transcendence

Forms of Transcendence : Heidegger and Medieval Mystical Theology

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Unlike some past studies of the relation between Heidegger and medieval mysticism, this book seeks to establish a real identity between the content, the subject-matter (Sache), of the medieval and Heideggerian texts that it examines. In so doing, it challenges Heidegger's own assertion that what he calls "being" cannot be called God. Against this assertation, Sikka argues that what is to be called God remains an open question, and points out metaphysical and theological elements in Heidegger's reflections on being that help to answer this question. Offering new insights into the relation between metaphysics, theology, and mysticism, the book contributes not only to Heidegger studies but to philosophical theology as well.
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  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 159 x 237 x 23.9mm | 630.5g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791433455
  • 9780791433454

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..".an original contribution ... whose presentation is ... expressive and accurate." -- Studia Phaenomenologia "The book is extremely well written--it is a lucid exposition of an important issue that could easily have gotten lost in jargon. The author never loses control, however. Sikka maintains an admirable balance of intellectual rigor and fluidity of style. Heidegger is probably the dominant thinker of the twentieth century, and his critique of metaphysics (especially of its conception of God) has been crucial to contemporary thought. The author has addressed this critique directly with intelligence, erudition and fluency." -- William J. Richardson, Boston College "What I like best about this book is the careful exposition of the four mystics followed by separate chapters devoted to the dialogue between Heidegger and the thinker in question. I also like the care with which the author keeps the differences in sight while arguing for stronger affinities than many would suspect." -- Merold Westphal, Fordham University
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About Sonya Sikka

Sonya Sikka is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa.
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