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The Unspeakable in Art, Religion, and Philosophy

by Silvia Jonas;

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Ineffability and its Metaphysics

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Can art, religion, or philosophy afford ineffable insights? If so, what are they? The idea of ineffability has puzzled philosophers from Laozi to Wittgenstein. In Ineffability and its Metaphysics: The Unspeakable in Art, Religion and Philosophy, Silvia Jonas examines different ways of thinking about what ineffable insights might involve metaphysically, and shows which of these are in fact incoherent. Jonas discusses the concepts of ineffable properties and objects, ineffable propositions, ineffable content, and ineffable knowledge, examining the metaphysical pitfalls involved in these concepts. Ultimately, she defends the idea that ineffable insights as found in aesthetic, religious, and philosophical contexts are best understood in terms of self-acquaintance, a particular kind of non-propositional knowledge. Ineffability as a philosophical topic is as old as the history of philosophy itself, but contributions to the exploration of ineffability have been sparse. The theory developed by Jonas makes the concept tangible and usable in many different philosophical contexts.

Ineffability and its Metaphysics by Silvia Jonas was published by Palgrave Macmillan in February 2016. The ISBN for Ineffability and its Metaphysics is 9781137579546.

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Details for Ineffability and its Metaphysics

Page last updated 11th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (February 2016)
Number of Pages304
Thickness14 mm
Height235 mm
Width155 mm
Product Code4365608
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