Transfiguring Forgiveness: The Apophatic Self and the Way of Forgetting

Podmore, Simon D. (2016) Transfiguring Forgiveness: The Apophatic Self and the Way of Forgetting. In: Transfiguring Forgiveness: The Apophatic Self and the Way of Forgetting. Baylor University Press.

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Abstract

Thinking with Kierkegaard, this essay aspires towards a vision of inter-personal forgiveness, established with an apophatic theological anthropology , and elaborated in terms of a way of forgetting (via oblivionis) which seeks the transfiguration of a wounded narrative between self and other. This will-to-forget, which is also a kenosis (or self-emptying) of the will-to-vengeance, is understood as a willing “suspension of offence” ; or as a form of apophasis which unknows (or forgets) the wounded narrative of the cogito self and its tendency towards inclosing despair (Indesluttehed). This wounded narrative of the cogito is suspended in deference to an apophatic self: a relational self which recognises the incognito of both self-knowledge and knowledge of the other—established within a framework of the incognito of knowledge of God (the Holy Other, as other than the Wholly Other as well as the wholly other).

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Kierkegaard, Forgiveness, Forgetting, Mysticism, Theological Anthropology
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Lauren Whiston
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 14:46
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 14:46
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1042

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