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

By Elliot R. Wolfson

ISBN-10: 0520246195

ISBN-13: 9780520246195

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 ancient and theoretical courting among kabbalah and western philosophy is much extra intimate and huge than any past student has ever urged, Elliot R. Wolfson attracts a unprecedented diversity of thinkers corresponding 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 proposal when it comes to the Jewish esoteric culture because it opens the potential for a temporal triumph of temporality and the conquering of time via time.The framework for Wolfson's exam is the rabbinic educating that the notice emet, "truth," contains the 1st, heart, 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 way of heeding the letters of emet we determine the reality of time glaringly hid for the period of fact, the start that can't commence whether it is to be the start, the center that re/marks where of beginning and future, and the tip that's the figuration of the most unlikely disclosing the impossibility of figuration, the finitude of demise that allows the potential of rebirth. The time of loss of life doesn't mark the demise of time, yet time immortal, the instant of fact that bestows at the fact of the instant an never-ending starting of a beginningless finish, the reality of loss of life encountered frequently in retracing steps of time but to be taken--between, ahead of, past.

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The fundamental form of this universal synthesis, the form that makes all other syntheses of consciousness possible, is the allembracing consciousness of internal time. The correlate of this consciousness is immanent temporality itself, in conformity with which all the life-processes belonging to the ego that can ever be found reflectively must present themselves as temporally ordered, temporally beginning and ending, simultaneous or successive, within the constant infinite horizon: immanent time.

152 Now it is true that everything which is in time is present, existing now. But nevertheless it is not something existing in isolation in and of itself. It is rather continuing, or ending or beginning. It cannot exist without a relation of continuity [Kontinualrelation] to what is earlier or later and it is thereby connected with things which are separated from it, some by a greater and some by a lesser interval. . Having a finite far-ranging connection of this sort with other things is part of the concept of the present.

167 Hence, we cannot say of the past that it returns; reminiscence of the past is predicated precisely on its no longer being present. The irreversible character of time precludes the possibility of reverting to the past in the present or of repeating the present in the future, but these very impossibilities facilitate the re/presentation of past and future in the present. Enzo Paci sagaciously summarized the “temporal dialectic” implicit in Husserl’s thought: “Since everything originates in present life, in this dialectic the origin as past, in passing from the origin of the present, becomes the origin as future, and therefore telos.

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