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Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: "No Longer I"

Charles M. Stang


This book argues that the pseudonym, Dionysius the Areopagite, and the influence of Paul together constitute the best interpretive lens for understanding the Corpus Dionysiacum [CD]. This book demonstrates how Paul in fact animates the entire corpus, that the influence of Paul illuminates such central themes of the CD as hierarchy, theurgy, deification, Christology, affirmation (kataphasis) and negation (apophasis), dissimilar similarities, and unknowing. Most importantly, Paul serves as a fulcrum for the expression of a new theological anthropology, an “apophatic anthropology.” Dionysius figu ... More

Keywords: Dionysius the Areopagite, Pseudo‐Dionysius, St. Paul, pseudonymity, apophasis, negative theology, mysticism, apophatic anthropology, Corpus Dionysiacum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199640423
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles M. Stang, author
Assistant Professor of Early Christian Thought, Harvard Divinity School