What an Apophaticist Can Know: Divine Ineffability and the Beatific Vision

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The doctrines of divine ineffability and of the beatific vision seem to contradict each other. According to the former, we cannot know the divine essence. But, according to the latter, we will know God fully. To reconcile these doctrines, we first distinguish between propositional and personal knowledge, that is, between knowing about a person and knowing a person, and, following from this distinction, we then distinguish between propositional and personal ineffability, that is, between it being impossible to know about a person and it being impossible to know a person. We then argue God is propositionally ineffable but personally effable.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophy and Theology
Early online date10 Aug 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Aug 2017

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