There has been much philosophical speculation on the potential failure of language as well as the search for a presentation of the “thing itself” beyond representation. Words Fail pursues the writings of a trio of philosophersJacques Derrida, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, and Giorgio Agambenas prime examples of how modern poetry presents us with a profitable vantage point from which to survey the ongoing struggle of living in a highly fragmented world.
Alongside these thinkers, this book looks specifically at the form of spirituality that is given shape by this intersection of poetics and theological-philosophical reflectionall of which offer rich suggestions about our spiritual nature.
About the Author
Colby Dickinson is Assistant Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago.
Table of Contents
1. The logic of the 'as if' and the (non)existence of God: An inquiry into the nature of belief
2. Aesthetics among the metaphysical ruins: The poetry of Paul Celan seen through the works of Jacques Derrida and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
3. On language and its profanation: Beyond representation in the poetic theory of Giorgio Agamben
Conclusion: The Spiritual and Creative Failures of Representation, or On the Art of Writing