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A Negative Theological Critique of Postmodern Identity Politics

College of Art and Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235, USA
Religions 2019, 10(8), 488;
Received: 15 July 2019 / Revised: 13 August 2019 / Accepted: 14 August 2019 / Published: 19 August 2019
This paper leverages the Christian tradition of negative theology (Gregory of Nyssa, Dionysius the Areopagite, Eriugena, Eckhart, Cusanus) in order to think past the impasses of identitarian politics and culture. It essentially bears on Christianity and on literary imagination by valorizing their focus on the mystery of who we are beyond all divisive identities and on how an orientation to negative-theological transcendence can save us from a toxic obsession with identities in a postmodern, postcolonial, post-gender society. View Full-Text
Keywords: negative theology; identity; non-identical; Enlightenment negative theology; identity; non-identical; Enlightenment
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Franke, W. A Negative Theological Critique of Postmodern Identity Politics. Religions 2019, 10, 488.

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