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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.

During the Moscow period, his work became more influenced by matters of religion and theology. Quid ergo Athenis et Hierosolimis? Does, on the other hand, even God submit to this wish which does not acknowledge the necessity?

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Product details Hardcover Publisher: 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.

In the fiftieth aphorism from the last part of his magnum opus, Athens lzv Jerusalem, Shestov says: 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 lavv of life.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. God makes the impossible possible: Vox Clamantis in Desertopublished ina fundamental work of Christian existentialism. Shestov’s dissertation prevented him from becoming a doctor of law, as it was dismissed on account of its revolutionary tendencies.

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. KievRussian Empire.

Athens and Jerusalem is Shestov’s final, groundbreaking work on the philosophy of religion from an existential perspective.


Although it is presented in the history of philosophy only as a medium in which truth discloses itself, reason does not actually enable truth to pass from invisibility to self-evidence by seeing and bringing it to evidence, but sets it up.

In the interwar years, Shestov continued to develop into a thinker of great prominence. One of the fruits of these labours was the publication of Great Vigils and Penultimate Words. Shestov himself died at a clinic in Paris. Repetition is the return of the same from non-being to being by annihilation of the in-between.

There are, nevertheless, exceptions in the history of philosophy. His philosophy begins with despair, his whole thinking is desperate, but Shestov tries to point to something beyond despair – and beyond philosophy. And this struggle has no end and will have no end.

Yet Husserl allegedly went even further when he separated truth in its absolute self-certainty from both the divine as well as from human existence. Yet ground — and here Shestov has gone one step further than the philosophy he is fighting against — is in reality being given and the path of desire paved by reason.

Filozofske drobtinice ali drobec filozofije, Slovene translation by Franc Burgar, Ljubljana: I would like to point out that Shestov interprets the inaugural event of both traditional and his own philosophy in the biblical key.

Lev Shestov (1866–1938)

In Shestov moved to Freiburg lxv, Germany, and he stayed there untilwhen he moved to a small Lab village named Coppet. Let me conclude with a suspicious hint. Groundlessness and the Wish for the Impossible Posted on May 20, Great twentieth century Jewish philosophers: The last word cannot be said in human language, can’t be captured in theory. Many saw in Shestov’s work a renunciation of llav and metaphysicsand even an espousal of nihilism.

And his quasi-nihilistic position and religious outlook are an unsettling and incongruous combination, at first sight. Leo Isaakowitsch Schestow russischer Philosoph und Schriftsteller. In Paris, he soon befriended, and much influenced, sesyov young Georges Bataille. The absurd possibility is impossible for reason, yet nevertheless a possible possibility for faith. Learn more about Amazon Prime. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


Even God himself was placed under the reign of rational truths or laws. Likewise, the final words of his last and greatest work, Athens and Jerusalemare: 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.

Speculation and revelation by Lev Shestov Book 4 editions published in in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide. He argues that Shestov’s radical views on theology and an interest in extreme human behavior probably coloured Bataille’s own thoughts.

According to Shestov, it was Socrates who decided that proven, rationally evident truths were superior to unproven ones, i. Shestov refused this, yet with the permission of the authorities he lectured at the University of Kiev on Greek philosophy.

What is such a truth like?

Groundlessness and the Wish for the Impossible

During this time he had become totally immersed in the study of such great theologians as Blaise Pascal and Plotinuswhilst at the same time lecturing at the Sorbonne in Of my own will. Most of Shestov’s work is fragmentary. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. From Wikipedia, sestv free encyclopedia. Write a customer review. The gift of God is the return of the same without recompensation.