Negative Theology as Jewish Modernity
New Jewish Philosophy and Thought
Published by: Indiana University Press
374 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 1 b&w illus
- ISBN: 9780253024879
- Published: February 2017
Negative theology is the attempt to describe God by speaking in terms of what God is not. Historical affinities between Jewish modernity and negative theology indicate new directions for thematizing the modern Jewish experience. Questions such as, What are the limits of Jewish modernity in terms of negativity? Has this creative tradition exhausted itself? and How might Jewish thought go forward? anchor these original essays. Taken together they explore the roots and legacies of negative theology in Jewish thought, examine the viability and limits of theorizing the modern Jewish experience as negative theology, and offer a fresh perspective from which to approach Jewish intellectual history.
Introduction. Delineations: Negative Theology as Jewish Modernity
1. The Limits of Negative Theology in Medieval Kabbalah and Jewish Philosophy
2. "No One Can See My Face and Live"
3. What is Positive in Negative Theology?
Lenn E. Goodman
4. Negative Theology as Illuminating and/or Therapeutic Falsehood
5. "My Aid Will Come From Nothingness": The Practice of Negative Theology in Maggid Devarav Le-Ya'akov
6. Secrecy, Apophasis, and Atheistic Faith in the Teachings of Rav Kook
Elliot R. Wolfson
7. Two Types of Negative Theology; Or, What Does Negative Theology Negate?
8. Khoric Apophasis: Matter and Messianicity in Islamo-Judeo-Greek Neoplatonism
9. Negative Dialectics, sive secular Jewish theology: Adorno on the prohibition on graven images and imperative of historical critique
10. The passion of non-knowing true oneness: Derrida and Maimonides on God—and Jew, perhaps
11. Jewish Negative Theology: A Phenomenological Perspective
12. Mysteries of the Promise: Negative Theology in Benjamin and Scholem
13. Can Halakhah Survive Negative Theology?
14. The Stylus and the Almond: Negative Literary Theologies in Paul Celan
15. "Gods Change": The Deconstruction of the Transcendent God and the Reconstruction of the Mythical Godhead in Yehuda Amichai's Open Closed Open
16. The Politics of Negative Theology
All-in-all, this volume should be of great interest to scholars of Jewish and modern continental philosophy.~Reviews in Religion & Theology