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Kabbalah and Postmodernism

A Dialogue

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Sandford L. Drob

Kabbalah and Postmodernism: A Dialogue challenges certain long-held philosophical and theological beliefs, including the assumptions that the insights of mystical experience are unavailable to human reason and inexpressible in linguistic terms, that the God of traditional theology either does or does not exist, that «systematic theology» must provide a univocal account of God, man, and the world, that «truth» is «absolute» and not continually subject to radical revision, and that the truth of propositions in philosophy and theology excludes the truth of their opposites and contradictions. Readers of Kabbalah and Postmodernism will be exposed to a comprehensive mode of theological thought that incorporates the very doubts that would otherwise lead one to challenge the possibility of theology and religion, and which both preserves the riches of the Jewish tradition and extends beyond Judaism to a non-dogmatic universal philosophy and ethic.

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Preface his work questions certain long-held philosophical and theological beliefs, amongst which are the assumptions that the insights of mystical experience are unavailable to human reason and inexpressible in linguistic terms, that either God does or does not exist, that “systematic theology” must provide a univocal account of God, man, and the world, that “theological and philosophical truth” is not continually subject to radical revision, and, more specifically, that the truth of propositions in philosophy and theology excludes the truth of their contradictions and contraries. I have attempted to provide the general reader sufficient background in Jewish mysticism and postmodern thought to understand my approach to problems in theology, philosophy and psychology. That being said, this book cannot be regarded as an introductory text, as I have pursued the problems discussed herein to their limits, even in those instances where such pursuit has led to a level of complexity and abstraction that may strain the patience of the more casual reader. As will become clear in the course of my exposition I regard this work to be both a rational and a mystical one, and although its main ideas, in the end, turn out to be extraordinarily simple, the conceptual road to their simplicity is strewn with complexities necessitated by taking multiple perspectives on ideas, words and things, then taking multiple perspectives on the perspectives, and so on. One of my goals in this book is to explore the boundaries between the linguistic and extra-linguistic in our understanding of language,...

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