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Book Title: Athens and Jerusalem|
ISBN 13: 9780821445617
The author of the book: Lev Shestov
Edition: Ohio University Press
Date of issue: December 31st 2016
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Shestov is vital reading for anyone interested in the relationship between religion and philosophy. His prose is rich and at times difficult to follow but never boring or obscure. This is a four part work. In the first part he lays out the terms of his arguments by demonstrating how Aristotle and other ancient philosophers attempted to discover necessary truths that would "constrain" humanity. In the second part Shestov examines both the early modern philosophical project and demonstrates how even would be rebels like Nietzche and Kierkegaard still end up endorsing the "necessary truths" they set out to fight against. In the third part Shestov present's a review of Gilson's "The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy" and demonstrates how the scholastic project of making revelation more rational betrayed the essential message of Christianity. In the fourth part Shestov lays out the more positive aspects of his philosophy which constitutes truth as beyond reason and utterly particular. You'll read this book spellbound by Shestov's energy and acerbic wit, reacquainted with authors that you thought you knew (Spinoza, Aristotle, Plotinus, Luther, Liebnitz, Seneca, Descartes, Nietzche, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Augustine, Duns Scotus, Peter Damian), and given a radically new perspective to understand the both the limits and the possibilities of human philosophizing. Highly recommended to all students of ideas.
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Read information about the authorLev Isaakovich Shestov (Russian: Лев Исаа́кович Шесто́в), born Yehuda Leyb Schwarzmann (Russian: Иегуда Лейб Шварцман), variously known as Leon Shestov, Léon Chestov, Leo Shestov.
A Ukrainian/Russian existentialist philosopher. Born in Kiev (Russian Empire). He emigrated to France in 1921, fleeing from the aftermath of the October Revolution. He lived in Paris until his death.
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