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Philosophy and Theology in the Gethsemane Night. Lev Shestov on Friedrich Nietzsche’s Philosophy

Ohio University Press,p. His point of departure is not a theory, or an idea, but an experience, the experience of despair, which Shestov describes as the loss of certainties, the loss of freedom, the loss of the meaning of life. He went on to study law and mathematics at the Moscow State University but after a clash with the Inspector of Students he was told to return to Kiev, where he completed his studies.

Shestov contributed articles to destov journal the circle had established. Nevertheless, he would find admirers in such writers as D. The prophets and apostles cry in ecstasy, “O death, where is thy sting? Before seestov a possibility, Shestov draws the sfstov of human existence with the help of the biblical story about Job.

Yet in terms of the possibility, the absurd is not limited as reason is. A Shestov anthology by Lev Shestov Book 10 editions published between and in English and Undetermined and held setov WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

It is not nihilism. LUD Literatura,p. Great twentieth century Jewish philosophers: In some of his most famous words he explains:. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

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The gift of God is the return of the same without recompensation. That is why the task of philosophy was, Shestov stresses, to lead man to the point where he comes to love necessity and willingly assumes acting in accordance with necessity as his duty.


Shestov also appears in the work of Gilles Deleuze ; he is referred to sporadically in Nietzsche and Philosophy and also appears in Difference and Repetition. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The last word cannot be said in human language, can’t be captured in theory. Furthermore, although a Jewish philosopherShestov saw in the resurrection of Christ this victory over necessity. It may also be considered a form of personalism: All things are possible by Lev Shestov Book 31 editions published between and in 3 languages and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

One of the fruits of these labours was the publication of Great Vigils and Penultimate Words. Furthermore, truth is eternal, because it does not originate in time, yet determines all that originates and disintegrates in time.

It rather concentrates on some key statements which are simultaneously a key to the story of European philosophy, and it quotes and paraphrases them time and again. Shestov, Rosenzweig, Buber, with selections from their writings by Bernard Martin Book 9 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

He developed his thinking in a second book on Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Frederich Nietzschewhich increased Shestov’s reputation as an original and incisive thinker. The heavens glorify the Lord. On the one hand, he represents the inauguration of reason at the beginning of the history of philosophy through the biblical story of the Fall of Man.

That it is also the will of God to fulfill it? Without looking towards eternal truths in the sky that are forcing it to the ground, in a groundlessness in which the dimension of faith has opened for it, thinking flies — and flies with ease in the wish for the impossible. Shestov, Lev Overview.

Acknowledgement or acceptance is, at the same time, a submission to necessity, a translation of ontology into ethics, by which necessity on the ontological level emerges as a duty on the ethical level.


Among Jewish thinkers, he influenced Hillel Zeitlin. They are ground for his existence with regard to that which exists or must exist and, therefore, that which man should wish for.

Athens and Jerusalem by Lev Shestov Book 27 editions published between and in English and Chinese and held by 1, WorldCat member libraries worldwide “For more than two thousand years, philosophers and theologians have laf with the irreconcilable opposition between Greek rationality Athens and biblical revelation Jerusalem.

There is no need to sacrifice reason: Athens and Jerusalem is Shestov at his most profound and most eloquent and is the clearest expression of his thought pav shaped the evolution of continental philosophy and European literature in the twentieth century. Why, to what purpose, did He become man, expose himself to injurious mistreatment, ignominious and painful death on the cross?

On the other hand, Shestov draws on the birthplace of his own philosophy the figure of human existence before the impossible.

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When in groundlessness, the all-possibility opens for man in the impossible, but only through faith in the almightiness of God. Speculation and revelation by Lev Shestov Book 4 editions published in in English and held by WorldCat sesov libraries worldwide.

Today, Shestov is little known in the English-speaking world. Inasmuch as they are within reach of rational judgment of the realisable out of the real, these possibilities are limited and, therefore, on this side of the line, which delimits what is possible or what in all rational probability could happen, from the impossible.

This is partly because his works have not been readily available.

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