Le Dieu Néant. Théologies Négatives à l'Aube des Temps Modernes is a study of the diverse intellectual possibilities presented to Medieval and Renaissance intellectuals by the negative theology of pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. It deals specifically with the ontological, epistemological and semiotic aspects of interpretations of Dionysian philosophy developed by such thinkers as Thomas Aquinas, Ficino, Cusanus and Bovelles. It also attempts to differentiate between the negative theology specific to Dionysius, and those elements of negative thinking peculiar to Hermetism and the Christian Cabala. This analysis of negative theology sheds new light on the differences between major intellectual currents of European philosophy (scholasticism, Italian Neoplatonism, German and French mysticism, occultism), while introducing useful distinctions into the history of the Dionysian tradition itself.
Jan Miernowski, Ph.D. (1988) in French Literature, Université de Paris X-Nanterre, is Associate Professor of French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the University of Warsaw. his book on literary and intellectual history deal with logic in Du Bartas' La Sepmaine (Droz, 1992) and with the names of God in French Renaissance poetry (Droz, 1997).
All those interested in intellectual history, and specifically in the impact of theology on Pre-Modern culture. Other relevant subjes: French Renaissance Literature, Hermetism and Cabala, Scholasticism, Neoplatonism, Mysticism