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According to Michael Richardson’s research on Georges BatailleShestov was an early influence on Bataille and was responsible for exposing him to Nietzsche. Leo Isaakowitsch Schestow russischer Philosoph und Schriftsteller. Retrieved from ” https: Fundamentally, his philosophy is not ‘problem-solving’, but problem-generating, with a pronounced emphasis on life’s enigmatic qualities.

It may also be considered a form of personalism: Be the first to review this item Would you like to tell us about a lower price? La heavens glorify the Lord. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. For this reason, the self-evidence of truth is not, strictly speaking, the visibility of something that is evident in itself, but the evidence that discloses itself — that has always already been disclosed — to reason.

Groundlessness and the Wish for the Impossible

Designed by Matikat Powered by WordPress. Before such a possibility, Shestov draws the figure of human existence with the help of the biblical story about Job. Here only the eye of faith sees the possibility that is not possible for reason, being thus an impossible, absurd possibility, and the all-possibility opens itself for man through faith in the almightiness of God. The absurd possibility is impossible for reason, yet nevertheless a possible possibility for faith.

This is what he calls ‘faith’: During this time the author worked prolifically. And this struggle has no end and will have no end. In this story the threads of the story common to both Athens and Jerusalem are intertwined: KievRussian Empire. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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. He developed his thinking in a second book on Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Frederich Nietzschewhich increased Shestov’s reputation as an original and incisive thinker.


That it is also the will of God to fulfill it? Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The author was a popular figure in France, where his originality was quickly recognized.

For Kant, a philosopher of reason par excellence, who in his three critiques rejected traditional philosophical metaphysics and outlined three realms of reason as areas of its own power, if reason is properly used in them, such a supposition is reason itself and justification of its power.

And finally, is God here not to fulfill the wish of the possible, but of the impossible? Filozofske drobtinice ali drobec filozofije, Slovene translation by Franc Burgar, Ljubljana: Among Jewish thinkers, he influenced Hillel Zeitlin.

As a philosopher, he stood firmly against the encroachment of rationalism and science. 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.

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

For Job does not get everything back on a request which God recognizes as justified. It does not want to rely on rational proof, nor release itself from it completely. Kierkegaard et la philosophie existentielle Vox clamantis in deserto by Llav Shestov Book 59 editions published between and in 3 languages and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

What is impossible for man is possible for God — and from the point of view of reason, it is absurd.

Lev Shestov (1866–1938)

October Learn how and when to remove this template message. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Speculation and revelation by Lev Shestov Book 4 editions published in in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide.


Most widely held works by Lev Shestov. Does, on the other hand, even God submit to this wish which does not acknowledge the necessity? Write a customer review.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He lived in Paris until his sesstov on November 19, Ramona Fotiade, Conceptions of the Absurd: 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, Athens triumphed in the history of European thinking; wisdom or philosophy triumphed over revelation or biblical thought.

Truth therefore passes from invisibility to self-evidence by means of reason. The results of swstov tendency are seen in his work Kierkegaard and Existential Philosophy: 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. If we have the freedom to reject it, we have destov same freedom to use it.

Perhaps Berdyaev is right in observing that Shestov is closer to Nietzsche than to the Bible. The prophets and apostles cry in ecstasy, “O death, where is thy sting? Great twentieth century Jewish philosophers: Shestov’s dislike of the Soviet regime led him to undertake a long journey out of Russia, and he eventually ended up in France. This is because he believes that life sestog is, in the last analysis, deeply paradoxical, and not comprehensible through logical or rational inquiry.

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