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Heidegger and the Kabbalah. Landmarks on the “Way of Nothing”

Author(s): Radu Cernătescu
Subject(s): Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy
Published by: Editura Academiei Române
Keywords: Heidegger; Kabbala; Leibniz; ain-soph; das Nichts;

Summary/Abstract: In theauthor’s opinion, Heidegger approached Jewish mysticism more than the exegeteshave accepted. Through Kabbala denudata of Knorr von Rosenroth, which inspiredthe Leibniz’s theodicy and his principle of “abyssal ground”, seen by Heidegger as the“revelation of nothingness in the heart of being”1, a mystical point of view seems tohave influenced Heidegger with an essential concept: ain soph. Ttranslated by theZohar as “the non-existent” or “the great nothingness”, this abiguous term can give usby its connotative loading a more accurate perspective of what Heidegger wanted toexpress through das Nichts, and helping us to understand why being can be seen as asublime transcendence of nothingness. This parallel between Heidegger and Jewishesotericism make more comprehensive the Heidegger’s ontocrony, as a metaphoricrelocation of transcendence in time.

  • Issue Year: LXVI/2019
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 488-492
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Romanian, Moldavian