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But no matter how enigmatic may be the mysteries which surround being, what is most enigmatic and disturbing is that mystery in general exists and that we are somehow definitely and forever cut off from the sources and beginnings of life. Written over a period of 20 years and completed in , it is clearly Shestov's crowning achievement - a critical overview of the history of Western philosophy from the standpoint of Shestov's vision of the destructive bondage that rationalist thought imposes on human spirit. This book constitutes a collection of Shestov's essays on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Blaise Pascal, Descartes, Plotinus and Spinoza written in the 's. Shestov's sharp gift for philosophical criticism finds here its best examples. Published in , this work is partly written in aphoristic form and represents Shestov's first attempt at a "critique of organized metaphysics" which he pursued relentlessly ever since.

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But no matter how enigmatic may be the mysteries which surround being, what is most enigmatic and disturbing is that mystery in general exists and that we are somehow definitely and forever cut off from the sources and beginnings of life. Written over a period of 20 years and completed in , it is clearly Shestov's crowning achievement - a critical overview of the history of Western philosophy from the standpoint of Shestov's vision of the destructive bondage that rationalist thought imposes on human spirit.

This book constitutes a collection of Shestov's essays on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Blaise Pascal, Descartes, Plotinus and Spinoza written in the 's. Shestov's sharp gift for philosophical criticism finds here its best examples. Published in , this work is partly written in aphoristic form and represents Shestov's first attempt at a "critique of organized metaphysics" which he pursued relentlessly ever since.

It also contains an essay on Edmund Husserl. The English translation was made from the French edition rather than the original Russian. Shestov's daughters made the selection and issued the book in in Paris. Others are devoted to Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and others. The book's longest essay, "Speculation and Apocalypse", treats of Vladimir Solovyov's philosophy. Published in , this is the book that established Shestov as one of the more original thinkers of the Russian philosophical renaissance which included Berdyaev, Solovyov, S.

Bulgakov, N. Fedorov and a host of other newly arisen luminaries at the juncture of an ominous century. Immediately following upon the previous in , Shestov continues here his exploration of a new vision of philosophy and the art of asking "first and last questions".

Shestov called Dostoevsky his philosophical master. His second master, Friendrich Nietzsche is given here a very shestovian appreciation. Originally published in Russia in under the striking title "Apofeoz Bespochvennosti", this collection of stark aphorisms dates from Shestov's so-called nihilistic period thought as you will see it already contains in grano most of his favorite insights. In it was translated into English by S. Koteliansky and published with a preface by D.

Lawrence no doubt to add "weight" to a then unknown author. The book passed unnoticed. Today it reads as fresh as a century ago. Another collection of nihilistic essays and aphorisms dating from The Russian version, called "Nachala i Kontzy", does not correspond exactly to the English editions as to essays included. First published in in a French translation, this is an account of Shestov's encounter with Kierkegaard who proved both a challenger and a brother in arms. The "struggle with Kierkegaard" spanned a decade and fueled some of Shestov's most uncompromising insights into the nature of faith as source of life.

Shestov was always more of an essayist than a book writer. It has something to do with his style which he tried to render as colloquial as possible, after Socrates' example, and to the greater abolishment of pseudo-scientific academic philosophy. Apotheosis of Groundlessness An attempt of adogmatic thinking, Children and Stepchildren of Time Spinoza in History, Creation from the Void On Anton Chekhov, published Dostoevsky and Nietzsche The Philosophy of Tragedy, Gethsemane Night Pascal's Philosophy, The Gift of Prophecy For the twenty-fifth anniversary of Dostoevsky's death, Gnosis and Existential Philosophy on Nikolai Berdyaev, In the Bull of Phalaris Knowledge and Freedom, 's.

Kierkegaard and Dostoevsky published Kierkegaard as a Religious Philosopher published Martin Buber published Menacing Barbarians of today excerpts in French, published in English Gershenzon, On the "Regeneration of Convictions" in Dostoevsky published On the Roots of Things published On the Second Dimension of Thought aphorisms, published On Two Books by Richard Kroner published Penultimate Words from Beginnings and Endings, Revolt and Submission aphorisms, published Science and Free Inquiry published The Theory of Knowledge aphorisms, Vehement Words Plotinus' Ecstasies, What is Truth?

On Ethics and Ontology Husserl , What is Bolshevism? It also supports exact-phrase and multilingual queries. Additionally it is possible to search each book separately.

The search box on the TOC pages table of contents will directly search the contents of that particular section. Elsewhere the search boxes are set for the entire site. Shestov's Greek quotes were abridged and latinized in English translations.

Some chapters are made up of a collection of aphorisms which are indexed on a separate page index. Many texts Shestov comments on are available online and can be located through the links page.

Bear in mind that Shestov often gives his own translation of the texts he quotes especially from Greek which is often more literal than what is found in standard translations. As I have learned from my own work with ancient languages, the amount of interpretation that goes into the so-called "standard" translations entirely justifies Shestov's practice.

If you need to reproduce some of the texts, make sure to mention copyright - author's, editor's or translator's - and this site's address as the source of electronic form. Most of these essays and aphorisms have been published separately over the years and were later collected or incorporated into books listed above.

Here are links to Shestov's texts in Russian available online here and at other sites. Some of these have not been translated into English to my knowledge , they are marked with a triple asterix. Also note that English editions of Shestov's books are not always exactly equivalent to the Russian editions as to which essays are included.

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For more than two thousand years, philosophers and theologians have wrestled with the irreconcilable opposition between Greek rationality Athens and biblical revelation Jerusalem. In Athens and Jersusalem, Lev Shestov—an inspiration for the French existentialists and the foremost interlocutor of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Martin Buber during the interwar years—makes the gripping confrontation between these symbolic poles of ancient wisdom his philosophical testament, an argumentative and stylistic tour de force. Although the Russian-born Shestov is little known in the Anglophone world today, his writings influenced many twentieth-century European thinkers, such as Albert Camus, D. Athens and Jerusalem is Shestov at his most profound and most eloquent and is the clearest expression of his thought that shaped the evolution of continental philosophy and European literature in the twentieth century. Sold by: Amazon. Skip to main content Lev Shestov.

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He lived in Paris until his death on November 19, He obtained an education at various places, due to fractious clashes with authority. He went on to study law and mathematics at the Moscow State University but after a clash with the Inspector of Students he was told to return to Kiev, where he completed his studies. Shestov's dissertation prevented him from becoming a doctor of law , as it was dismissed by University of Kiev on account of its revolutionary tendencies. Shestov contributed articles to a journal the circle had established.

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Russian Jewish thinker and literary critic Lev Shestov Lev Isaakovich Schwarzmann; was obsessed with what he considered to be the inevitable struggle between religious faith and reason. An irrationalist and fideist, this Nietzschelike figure was fascinated with religious faith, though it was perhaps the independent Promethean man that appealed to him more than the God of the Hebrews. His father, Isaak, was a Jewish merchant and committed Zionist who attended the synagogue, but was reputed to be a "freethinker. As a youth Shestov was attracted to radical ideas, and it was involvement in political activities in his Kiev gymnasium which forced him to continue his studies at a Moscow school, from which he graduated in At Moscow University he first studied mathematics, but then transferred to law.

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