Universitatea „Lucian Blaga“ din Sibiu, Facultatea de Litere şi Arte / „Lucian Blaga“ University from Sibiu, Faculty for Letters and Arts
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2 / 2010
Nietzsche and apophaticism. Indecent proposal?
The article takes into consideration the radical and debatable option of the important contemporary Greek theologian Christos Yannaras for Friedrich Nietzsche’s anti-rationalist doctrine as an alternative to the modern (rationalist) nihilisms, which, as Yannaras believes, have evolved from the common trunk of early Western apophaticism. Nietzsche, though a critic of Christianity, openly favors the tragic and Dyonisiac experimentation of life’s reality; Yannaras finds this to be the solution to the extreme abstractization and conceptualization of the rationalist discourses on God – which have finally replaced God with Reason. Therefore, Yannaras thinks that the Nietzschean empiricism (more exactly, Heidegger’s intepretation of it) may prove beneficial for the contemporary Christian thought.
Keywords: apophaticism, apophatic theology, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Christos Yannaras
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