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Lawrencewho wrote the Foreword to S. Before such a possibility, Shestov draws the figure of human existence with the help of the biblical story about Job. It is the experience that “everything is possible” Dostoevskythat the opposite of Necessity is not chance or accident, but possibility, that there does exist a god-given freedom without boundaries, without walls or borders.

This new, annotated edition of Bernard Martin’s classic translation adds references to the cited works as well as glosses of passages from the original Greek, Latin, German, and French.

In the fiftieth aphorism from the last part of his magnum opus, Athens and Jerusalem, Shestov says: Most widely held works by Lev Shestov. 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.

Among Jewish thinkers, he influenced Hillel Zeitlin.

Athens and Jerusalem is Shestov’s final, groundbreaking work on the philosophy of religion from an existential perspective. Partly the specific themes he discusses are unfashionable and “foreign”. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

And the event of the impossible in The Book of Job, the Kierkegaardian repetition, is a gift, a repeated divine gift of all that has been lost. October Learn how srstov when to remove this template sestovv. Yet ground — and here Shestov has gone one step further sestovv the philosophy he is fighting against — is in reality being given and the la of desire paved by reason.


If God loves men, what need has He to subordinate men to His divine will and to deprive them of their own will, the most precious of the things He has bestowed upon them? God makes the impossible possible: It may also be considered a form of personalism: Despite his weakening condition Shestov continued to write at a quick pace, and finally completed his magnum opusAthens and Jerusalem.

Furthermore, although a Jewish philosopherShestov saw in the resurrection of Christ this victory over necessity. A sombre and yet ecstatic atmosphere permeates his writings.

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Shestov himself died at a clinic in Paris. His philosophy begins with despair, his whole thinking is desperate, but Shestov tries to point to something beyond despair – and beyond philosophy. So, the belief that everything, i. Views Read Edit View history. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. And this struggle has no end and sestob have no end. Penultimate Words and Other Essays, Athens: Yet it is for this reason by all sestoov not senseless.

Here only the eye of faith sees the possibility that is not possible for reason, being thus an impossible, absurd possibility, and sestkv all-possibility opens itself for man through faith in the almightiness of God. Before that which is impossible for man, it is faith in God that gives thinking another dimension.

I would like to point out that Shestov interprets the inaugural event of both traditional and his own philosophy in the biblical key. Eschatological verification Language game Logical positivism Apophatic theology Verificationism.


Shestov repeats it in his explanation of Job. Kierkegaard et la philosophie existentielle Vox clamantis in deserto by Lev Shestov Book 59 editions published between and in 3 languages and held by WorldCat member lac worldwide.

Shestov maintains that no theory can solve the mysteries of life. There is no need at all. Why, to what purpose, did He become man, expose himself to injurious mistreatment, ignominious and painful death on the cross? 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.

They are limited precisely by delimitation, by separation of the impossible, whose other side is nothing other than the enclosure of the possible in the rational possibility that must be accepted as the only possible possibility.

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English Choose a language for shopping. Write a customer review. In Athens and Jersusalem, Lev Shestov — an inspiration for the French existentialists and the foremost interlocutor of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Martin Buber during the interwar years — makes the gripping confrontation between these symbolic poles of ancient wisdom his philosophical testament, an argumentative and stylistic tour de force.

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