Negative theology is the attempt to describe God by speaking in terms of what God is not. Historical affinities between Jewish modernity and negative theology indicate new directions for thematizing the modern Jewish experience. Questions such as, What are the limits of Jewish modernity in terms of negativity? Has this creative tradition exhausted itself? and How might Jewish thought go forward? anchor these original essays. Taken together they explore the roots and legacies of negative theology in Jewish thought, examine the viability and limits of theorizing the modern Jewish experience as negative theology, and offer a fresh perspective from which to approach Jewish intellectual history.
About the authors
Agata Bielik-Robson is professor of Jewish studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of The Saving Lie: Harold Bloom and Deconstruction (Northwestern University Press, 2011), Jewish Cryptotheologies of Late Modernity: Philosophical Marranos (Routledge, 2014), and Another Finitude: Messianic Vitalism and Philosophy (Bloomsbury, 2019).
David Novak is the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff professor of Jewish Studies and Philosophy at the University of Toronto.
All-in-all, this volume should be of great interest to scholars of Jewish and modern continental philosophy.
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