Ineffability and its Metaphysics: The Unspeakable in Art, Religion, and Philosophy

2016.06.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Silvia Jonas, Ineffability and its Metaphysics: The Unspeakable in Art, Religion, and Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016,
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2016.06.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Silvia Jonas, Ineffability and its Metaphysics: The Unspeakable in Art, Religion, and Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 226pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137579546. Reviewed by Keith Ward, Heythrop College, University of London This is a very ambitious book. Silvia Jonas sets out to articulate 'a common ground for any account of the metaphysics of ineffability'. She defines the ineffable as a nonlinguistic item which it is in principle impossible to express in conceptual terms or to communicate to others by the use of language. She is particularly interested in the uses of the term 'ineffable' in religious, aesthetic, and philosophical contexts, where it seems to mark something of special importance or significance, and she aims to provide a basic account that will illuminate both these and many other sorts of talk about ineffability in literature. The book is difficult, because it deals with many. . .

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