Law and Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism
By (author) Elliot R. Wolfson
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Venturing Beyond by Elliot R. Wolfson
Book DescriptionAre mysticism and morality compatible or at odds with one another? If mystical experience embraces a form of non-dual consciousness, then in such a state of mind, the regulative dichotomy so basic to ethical discretion would seemingly be transcended and the very foundation for ethical decisions undermined. Venturing Beyond - Law and Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism is an investigation of the relationship of the mystical and moral as it is expressed in the particular tradition of Jewish mysticism known as the Kabbalah. The particular themes discussed include the denigration of the non-Jew as the ontic other in kabbalistic anthropology and the eschatological crossing of that boundary anticipated in the instituition of religious conversion; the overcoming of the distinction between good and evil in the mystical experience of the underlying unity of all things; divine suffering and the ideal of spiritual poverty as the foundation for transmoral ethics and hypernomian lawfulness.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199277797
(240mm x 160mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Elliot R. Wolfson
Perspectives on Jewish Though, Paperback (May 2016)
First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
New Directions in Jewish Philosophy, Paperback (December 2009)» View all books by Elliot R. Wolfson
Identifies philosophic questions that are important to Jewish thought. This book proposes various models for the study of Jewish philosophy that embrace wider intellectual arenas - including linguistics, poetics, aesthetics, and visual culture - as a path toward understanding the particular philosophic concerns of Judaism.
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Author Biography - Elliot R. Wolfson
Elliot R. Wolfson is Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University.
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