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By Elliot R. Wolfson

ISBN-10: 0520246195

ISBN-13: 9780520246195

This hugely unique, provocative, and poetic paintings explores the nexus of time, fact, and demise within the symbolic global of medieval kabbalah. Demonstrating that the historic and theoretical courting among kabbalah and western philosophy is way extra intimate and broad than any past pupil has ever instructed, Elliot R. Wolfson attracts a rare diversity of thinkers reminiscent of 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 concept 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 educating that the note emet, "truth," contains 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. via heeding the letters of emet we determine the reality of time glaringly hid throughout fact, the start that can't commence whether it is to be the start, the center that re/marks where of foundation and future, and the top that's the figuration of the most unlikely disclosing the impossibility of figuration, the finitude of dying that allows the opportunity of rebirth. The time of demise doesn't mark the demise 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 regularly in retracing steps of time but to be taken--between, earlier than, past.

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163 Acknowledging that the claim that the “flow of consciousness” (der Fluß des Bewußtseins) is a “succession” (Aufeinanderfolge) depends on fulfilling the conditions for “the possibility of the consciousness of succession” (der Möglichkeit des Bewußtseins der Folge), Husserl nevertheless insists that it is incorrect to speak of ultimate consciousness as temporal, let alone to posit that the present moment should be considered a time-object (Zeitobjekt) that persists in consciousness. In his own unambiguous language: The flow of the modes of consciousness is not a process; the consciousness of the now is not itself now [Der Fluß der Bewußtseinsmodi ist kein Vorgang, das Jetzt-Bewußtsein ist nicht selbst jetzt].

195 The emplacement in time does not bespeak the spatialization of the temporal but rather the temporalization of the spatial. Being-There/Insi(gh)ting the Moment Husserl’s perspective was elaborated upon and modified by Heidegger in his existential-analytic inquiry on time and space in Sein und Zeit (1927). ”196 In Die Grundsprobleme der Phänomenologie, based on lectures delivered the same year as the publication of Sein und Zeit, Heidegger, betraying his indebtedness to Nietzsche’s critique of traditional Western metaphysics and its implicit resentment of time,197 characterizes the essential nature of temporality by noting that the “ontological condition of the possibility of understanding of being is temporality itself.

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. Makingpresent, appresenting, relates precisely to the cognitive ability of human consciousness to instantiate atemporal ideals through the temporal variance of intentional acts.

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