Dr. Mélanie Walton’s manuscript, “Expressing the Inexpressible: Bearing Witness in Jean-François Lyotard and Pseudo-Dionysius,” is under contract for publication with Lexington Books, the scholarly division of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. This work brings together the contemporary French “father of postmodernism” and the late antique, presumably Syrian “father of mysticism” on the inexpressible, to which each are provoked by witnesses (the Holocaust survivor and faithful) silenced by the limits of grammatical possibility, even while called to testify. The latter’s radical conjunction of apopthatic and cataphatic theologies affords an unconsidered model for Lyotard’s search for new idioms by which to speak the impossible and the projects of both are revealed to be pedagogic pursuits and spiritual exercises. Walton is an assistant professor in the philosophy department.
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