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Title: Negatieve theologie en deconstructie - Negative Theology and Deconstruction
Subtitle: Over Dionysius de Areopagiet en Derrida - On Pseudo-Dionysius and Derrida
Author(s): BLANS, Bert
Journal: Bijdragen
Volume: 57    Issue: 1   Date: 1996   
Pages: 2-19
DOI: 10.2143/BIJ.57.1.2002433

Abstract :
Is there a similarity between contemporary deconstruction and negative theology? To answer this question the philosophy of Pseudo-Dionysius is presented as an example of classical negative theology. These comments are confronted with a contemporary deconstruction-philosophy. Notions of the philosophy of Derrida are elucidated. Because Derrida has explicitly discussed his relationship to negative theology. This confrontation yields two results. Firstly, the incomprehensibility is a topic again. We find this in our tradition of mystical negative theology and also in deconstruction. Secondly, deconstruction can be interpreted as a radicalization of exteriority. It requests an open attitude toward what is other and alien. In that attitude an ethical, perhaps even prophetical mood can be discerned.