Alef, Mem, Tau: Kabbalistic Musings on Time, Truth, and by Elliot R. Wolfson

By Elliot R. Wolfson

This hugely unique, provocative, and poetic paintings explores the nexus of time, fact, and dying within the symbolic international of medieval kabbalah. Demonstrating that the historic and theoretical dating among kabbalah and western philosophy is much extra intimate and broad than any prior student has ever prompt, Elliot R. Wolfson attracts a unprecedented diversity of thinkers similar to Frederic Jameson, Martin Heidegger, Franz Rosenzweig, William Blake, Julia Kristeva, Friedrich Schelling, and a number of kabbalistic figures into deep dialog with each other. Alef, Mem, Tau additionally discusses Islamic mysticism and Buddhist inspiration when it comes to the Jewish esoteric culture because it opens the opportunity of a temporal triumph of temporality and the conquering of time via time.The framework for Wolfson's exam is the rabbinic instructing that the observe emet, "truth," includes the 1st, center, and final letters of the Hebrew alphabet, alef, mem, and tau, which serve, in flip, as semiotic signposts for the 3 tenses of time--past, current, and destiny. by means of heeding the letters of emet we parent the reality of time obviously hid throughout fact, the start that can't commence whether it is to be the start, the center that re/marks where of starting place and future, and the tip that's the figuration of the very unlikely disclosing the impossibility of figuration, the finitude of loss of life that allows the potential for rebirth. The time of demise doesn't mark the loss of life of time, yet time immortal, the instant of fact that bestows at the fact of the instant an unending starting of a beginningless finish, the reality of loss of life encountered continuously in retracing steps of time but to be taken--between, prior to, past.

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All real things which at any given time are anticipated together or cogiven only in the background as an external horizon are known as real objects . . ”193 The hyphenated demarcation of the external horizon as “spatiotemporal” underscores Husserl’s discernment that the two cannot be separated in lived experience. ”194 The essential inseparability of the spatial and temporal notwithstanding, Husserl seems to privilege the latter in its tripartite intentionality as the phenomenological ground of the intentional structure of human consciousness: “In this unique world, everything sensuous that I now originally perceive, everything that I have perceived and which I can now remember or about which others can now remember or about which others can report to me as what they have perceived or remembered, has its place.

194 The essential inseparability of the spatial and temporal notwithstanding, Husserl seems to privilege the latter in its tripartite intentionality as the phenomenological ground of the intentional structure of human consciousness: “In this unique world, everything sensuous that I now originally perceive, everything that I have perceived and which I can now remember or about which others can now remember or about which others can report to me as what they have perceived or remembered, has its place.

The “concrete being of the I . . is living temporalization with the I-pole . . ” The “protolivingness” is thus a “continual temporalization . . by which all and everything that is this-moment present [das aktuelle Gegenwärtige] for me, is; but that must be correctly understood and delimited. ”187 The primary task of the phenomenological method is to elucidate the manner in which objects of experience are continually constituted by characters of apprehension, ideal essences that inhere in the conscious I-pole.

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