The Cloud-authors' remaking of the Pseudo-Dionysius' mystical theology
Taylor, Cheryl (2006) The Cloud-authors' remaking of the Pseudo-Dionysius' mystical theology. Medium Aevum, 75 (2). pp. 202-218.
|PDF (Published Version) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader|
View at Publisher Website: http://mediumaevum.modhist.ox.ac.uk/jour...
The Cloud of Unknowing and its companion texts were among the outstanding accomplishments of the flowering of English spiritual writing that occurred in the late fourteenth century. As a prelude to his final poetic evocation of contemplative fulfilment in The Cloud itself, the anonymous author formulates the paradox on which his instruction is based. Although the intellect as a spiritual faculty can know all created spiritual things, he writes, except through its failing it cannot know God, who is both spiritual and uncreated. He elucidates with a quote from the Pseudo-Dionysius' On the Divine Names: 'þe moste goodly knowyng of God is þat, þe whiche is knowyn bi vnknowyng' (125.11-12).' He then takes the opportunity to comment on this source, on citing authorities, and on intellectual presumption.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|FoR Codes:||20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 80%|
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified @ 20%
|Deposited On:||03 Nov 2009 15:13|
|Last Modified:||06 May 2013 00:37|
Last 12 Months: 75
|Citation Counts with External Providers:||Web of Science: 1|
Repository Staff Only: item control page