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Bibil Identifier bibil:203421
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) Jüdische Gnosis in der Moderne? Zum Denken von Jacob Taubes und Emmanuel Lévinas
Author Mattern, Jens
Journal Trumah. Zeitschrift der Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg (Volume: 18)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language German
Pages 189-212 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract At least since Eric Voegelin put modernity’s legitimacy into question by declaring its essentially Gnostic character, the discussion concerning the relationship between modernity and Gnosticism has become central for modern self-reflection. Against the background of this discussion, this article proposes an interpretation of Jacob Taubes and Emmanuel Lévinas and examines the question of whether the modern constellation of thought and
existence leaves room for a Jewish form of Gnosticism. Whereas Jacob Taubes participated actively in the aforementioned discussion, formulating a Gnostic position he considered faithful to the radically critical attitude towards a false world emerging in ancient Israel, Lévinas did not explicitly refer to Gnosticism as a point of reference for his thought. Nonetheless, the author interprets Lévinas’ thought as a distinctly Jewish Gnosis: attempting the escape from being as the absolute evil towards the wholly Other, the movement of this thought leads in a fascinating reversal to the rediscovery of being as creation. The interpretation of Taubes and Lévinas allows for the thesis that under modern conditions, Jewish thought can take up Gnostic forms since the creator God, rejected by ancient Gnosticism in favor of a foreign, wholly-other god, has become himself a radically unknown God: In the modern constellation of thought and existence a Gnostic movement of thought can, thus, turn into its radical other.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 20th century : Levinas, Emmanuel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism
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