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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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Index -A- Aaron ha-Levi, 111, 133, 247 Abraham ha-Lavan, 206 Abramowitz, Z., xv absolute, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 24, 29, 35, 39, 40, 54, 73, 74, 75, 78, 79, 80, 86, 102, 104, 105, 106, 110, 113, 114, 115, 117, 125, 127, 132, 140, 141, 143, 152, 158, 175, 178, 182, 190, 198, 204, 209, 210, 212, 215, 216, 219, 227, 238, 241, 244, 246 Absolute, 7, 12, 14, 15, 40, 63, 82, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 121, 126, 139, 173, 189, 190, 205, 236, 244, 250, 253, 258 absolute nothing (cf. no state of affairs whatsoever) , 212 Absorbing Perfections (Idel), 161 Abulafia, A., 59, 162 accident (vs. essence) , 13, 97, 142, 185 achdut hashvaah (cf. coincidentia oppositorum, coincidence of opposites), 31, 130, 131, 137 Adam and Eve, 228 Adam Kadmon (cf. Primordial Adam), 8, 26, 46, 113, 164, 253, 256, 259, 260, 262, 263 affirmation, 13, 31, 77, 213, 214 alienated, alienation, 27, 29, 43, 48, 55, 56, 62, 63, 69, 84, 90, 93, 133, 137, 197, 237, 246, 250, 252-54, 260, 262, 264 Alter Rebbe (cf. Schneur Zalman), 67 Altizer, T. J. J., xiv, 3, 265 Amoraites, 163 analytic philosophers, 120 anchors, 115, 248 antinomies, 7, 9, 246, 254 apocalypse, 226, 228 apophantics, 20, 52, 143 aporias, 122, 140 archetypal, 26, 28, 45, 46, 92, 94, 169, 171, 228, 230, 235 archetypes, 11, 17, 31, 35, 66, 67, 93, 95, 101, 118, 127, 132, 143, 162, 171, 182, 248 archive, 167 atheism (cf....

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