Lev Shestov Symposium. Fragments of the Afternoon Discussion

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Pavle RakI would like to underline one question which was touched in two contributions during this afternoon and that is: what is /the/ faith and what does the almighty God want from us? Sometimes I have the strong impression that Shestov and maybe God with him want too much from us and that this /it/ is something that almost nobody can accomplish. This sort of absolute faith – sometimes I have the impression that if we demand that from ourselves – that then we are in a helpless position.Matjaž ČrnivecWell, in my opinion Shestov is a very radical ...

Il rapporto Maritain – Chestov: tracce biografiche e possibili affinità intellettuali

Federico Skodler

Istituto Internazionale J. Maritain, TriesteSummaryThis paper deals with the relation between Maritain and She-stov. Deep differences existed in the thinking of these two philosophers, who met in 1937 thanks to Benjamin Fondane. Maritain places Shestov in the wake of Kierkegaard, Barth, Berdjaev and Léon Bloy. In his opinion, Shestov must face deep inside himself a substantial antinomy: he makes philosophy against philosophy, his thought a contradictory, yet deep and powerful form of Jewish thinking, of the eternal Jewish protest. Shestov is a precious stimulus for the renewal of religious thought thanks to his...

Husserl, Chestov et le problème de la religion

Nicolas Monseu

Université catholique de LouvainRésuméCet article examine la place que Chestov accorde à la question de la religion dans son interprétation existentielle de la phénoménologie de Husserl et procède, pour ce faire, en deux étapes. Premièrement, il s’agit de comprendre le présupposé qui est au principe de la perspective herméneutique dans laquelle Chestov envisage Husserl et qui correspond à la distinction radicale de la qualité logique de la vérité et de sa qualité subjective. L’enjeu est de comprendre, avec Chestov, les limites de la théorie husserlienne de l’existence idéale de la vérité et ...

Shestov’s and Levinas’ fear

Gorazd Kocijančič

SummaryThe article attempts to analyse the text by Emanuel Levinas focussing on Shestov’s book “Kierkegaard et la philosophie existentielle (Vox clamantis in deserto)”, published in 1937 in Revue des études juives, II, July-December 1937, no. 3, pp. 139-141. It is argued that this text by Levinas reveals some basic tenets of Shestov’s and his own thought – and therefore also post-modern thought in general. It is further claimed that the grounding of Levinas’ objection to Shestov’s thought – his “fear” – could be summarized in the thesis that in his opinion philosophy could not be abandoned to the wild...

Šestovov in Lévinasov strah

Gorazd Kocijančič

Naslov našega kolokvija – »breztemeljnosti« – s pomembno Šestovovo besedo gotovo ne meri le na njegovo zgodovinsko samorazumevanje, ampak kaže na bližino njegovega mišljenja pomembni značilnosti postmodernosti, namreč takšni artikulaciji diskurzov (tako v filozofiji in literaturi kot v religiji), ki izgublja svoje jasno prepoznavne meje in med seboj razpira diskurze, ker jim njihova najgloblja identiteta v radikalni samorefleksiji postaja vprašljiva.To bližino je očitno prepoznal Emmanuel Lévinas, eden najpomembnejših postmodernih mislecev. Francoski filozof se je v kratkem zapisu o Šestovovi knjigi Kierkegaard et la...

Groundlessness and the Wish for the Impossible

Vid Snoj

SummaryThe paper discusses the concept of groundlessness in Shestov’s thought within the framework of the dichotomy between Athens and Jerusalem, or reason and faith, which marks Shestov’s late work. Groundlessness emerges when rational truths in which philosophy has grounded human existence are left hanging in the air, and a man loses the ground under his feet. It is, on the other hand, precisely here that Shestov’s own existential philosophy begins, namely, where there is no possibility left for reason. Here only the eye of faith sees the possibility that is not possible for reason, being thus an impossible, absurd...