Negation as Infinite Affirmation

The Apophatic Theology of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite

  • Grigore Dinu Moș Babes-Bolyai University


The purpose of this paper is to identify the meaning of negation in Dionysius the Areopagite’s apophatism: how and towards which reality does it orient contemplation and what does it actually say about God who reveals Himself? My fundamental thesis is that, in fact, apophatic negation in Dionysius the Areopagite’s teachings, as well as in those of other Eastern fathers conceals a super-affirmation, it indicates an infinite affirmation, beyond any determination. The meaning of the apophatic negation can be grasped at the confluence of three specific supra-intelligible terms: the alterity, the transcendence and the excess (the infinity).

Keywords: apophatic theology, Dionysius the Areopagite, Eastern Orthodox Tradition, alterity, transcendence, infinity

Author Biography

Grigore Dinu Moș, Babes-Bolyai University

Grigore Dinu Moș is Assistant Professor/Senior Lecturer at Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Orthodox Theology. 

How to Cite
MOȘ, Grigore Dinu. Negation as Infinite Affirmation. Diakrisis Yearbook of Theology and Philosophy, [S.l.], v. 2, p. 25-36, may 2019. ISSN 2601-7415. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 may 2020. doi: