Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy

Cambridge University Press (2004)
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Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy contests the ancient opposition between Athens and Jerusalem by retrieval of the concept of meontology - the doctrine of nonbeing - in one strand of the Jewish philosophical and theological tradition. This book offers new readings of important figures in contemporary Continental philosophy, critiquing arguments about the role of lived religion in the thought of Jacques Derrida, the role of Greek philosophy in the thought of Emmanuel Levinas, and the ethical import of the thought of Franz Rosenzweig. Kavka argues that the Greek concept of nonbeing (understood as both lack and possibility) clarifies the meaning of Jewish life. This concept allows these thinkers to articulate Jewish life as centered on messianic anticipation, the hungering after a stasis that philosophy has traditionally associated with the concept of being.
Keywords Philosophy, Jewish History  Nonbeing  Philosophy History  Nonbeing Judaism  Messiah Judaism
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Call number B5802.N65.K38 2004
ISBN(s) 0521831032   0521104637   9780521831031
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