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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

From Dionysius to Derrida

Available Spring 2026

Contemporary postmodern philosophers such as Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, and Deleuze have rekindled an interest in negative theology by comparing their own philosophies of difference and deconstruction to the linguistic strategies of apophatic theologians.  Negative theology, that approach to God which focuses on saying what God is not, itself has a rich and varied history.  This course will explore key figures in this theological tradition, including Plotinus, Proclus, St. Gregory of Nyssa, Pseudo-Dionysius, Maimonides, Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, and the author of the Cloud of Unknowing, as well as key themes such as God’s transcendence, divine mystery, analogical language, and the limitations of human knowledge.  We will then turn to how this tradition has been appropriated and transformed by contemporary thinkers.  Seminar format.  Intended audience:  M.A., Ph.D., and advanced M.Div. students.

Seminar Coordinator: Justin Gable, OP

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the really core questions

of human and Christian life, such as those concerned with basic moral principles (freedom, responsibility, intentionality, and the relation between who we are and what we do), as well as the fundamental principles of Christology: just who really is Jesus Christ in relation to God and to us.

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DSPT Philosophy Department Faculty

Michael Dodds, OP
Marianne Farina, CSC
Justin Gable, OP
Hilary Martin, OP
John Thomas Mellein, OP
Anselm Ramelow, OP
Augustine Thompson, OP
Marga Vega, PhD

 

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Barbara Daniels
Donor Services Manager
Tel: (510) 883-2086 

Tax ID 94 1270354 (St. Albert's College Corporation dba Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology)

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