“Ineffability: Ethics, Theology, Philosophy” with Stephen Mulhall
In this talk, I will – primarily against the background of Wittgenstein’s thought – consider how sense might be made of invocations of the ineffable in ethical and theological contexts, despite the familiar concern that talk about ‘that which transcends our understanding’ must itself be senseless (since such talk could communicate something to us only if it succeeds in referring to that which it denies can intelligibly be referred to or thought about).
Thursday, 7 November at 5:30pm, Tanner Room, Linacre College
Stephen Mulhall is a Professor of Philosophy and a Fellow of New College, Oxford. His main research interests include Wittgenstein, Heidegger and Nietzsche; the relation between philosophy and the arts, especially film and literature; and the relation between philosophy, theology and religion. His most recent books are: On Film (3rd Edition) and The Great Riddle: Wittgenstein and Nonsense, Theology and Philosophy