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To browse Academia. Skip to main content. By using our site, you agree to our collection of information through the use of cookies. To learn more, view our Privacy Policy. Log In Sign Up. Papers People. A paradoxical A paradoxical and provocative writer, Shestov searched for ways to diminish the burden of psychological and existential suffering in the life of the individual. Similar to Shestov, Freud returned to the subject of death repeatedly in his life. He suggested that the creative faculty draws on drives and fantasies buried in the unconscious, and that they may provide clues to understanding the imaginative mind as well as individual works.

For Freud, the feeling of uncanniness is experienced to the highest degree in relation to our perception of death and dead bodies. He concluded that a path from fantasy back to reality — is art. Save to Library. Lev Shestov was born into a wealthy, assimilated Jewish family.

Nevertheless, his parents were strong adherents of Orthodox Judaism. This was not unusual for Jews in the large cities of the Russian Empire of that period. However, growing Shestov himself worked within the framework of Russian literal and cosmopolitan philosophical traditions.

The attempts to uncover definite examples of Jewish impact on his works have failed. Studies of the problem deal with entirely theoretical speculations on an imaginary Judaism, the so-called Jewish spirit. This article briefly describes the history of the research. In the aftermath, it shows that Shestov was unconsciously inspired by the culture of his childhood, namely Judaism.

At least, in his Apotheosis of Groundlessness, Shestov applies a widely known expression that appears in Jewish religious texts.

All things are possible: The life of Lev Shestov. He was warmly received by audiences in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv. But Shestov and his writings are now largely But Shestov and his writings are now largely forgotten. Here is his story. This Introductory Essay presents to the general reader a few facts about Leon Shestov's life and thought.

Little-known outside his native Russia, Shestov is one of the most significant philosophers and critics of modern Russia. He is at He is at once a thinker in his own right and a deep-thinking critic of literature and philosophies. This essay includes a short biography of his life and a sketch of some of his philosophical ideas, including those presented in his intriguingly named 'The Apotheosis of Groundlessness' the original title for 'All Things are Possible!

He is an existentialist and individualist in his thinking, and it is interesting to not that he has written monographs on Friedrich Nietzsche and Soren Kierkegaard - the two most fundamental forefathers of 20th century Existentialism. In the work that this essay introduces Shestov takes time to compare the European or Western and the Russian ways of thinking.

He explores these two Weltanschauungs and go deep to the heart of the divergences between these two philosophies. Leon Shestov is a fascinating writer who is one of the few - apart from Nietzsche and Lichtenberg - who can express his philosophy through a series of thoughts and aphorisms. This essay includes a select bibliography of Shestov's key works of philosophy and criticism. At the beginning she outlines contexts related to the creation of the piece: literary, biographic and historical; then she summarizes its reception, which, so far, has not been sufficiently developed.

The article is probably one of the first attempts to give a profound insight into the work. In the given interpretation the author starts with embodied in the title references to the Gospel according to Saint Matthew 16, portraying handover of the keys to the kingdom of heaven, subsequently points out the ongoing discussion about this problem between Catholics and Protestants, and finally, tries to reconstruct textual point of view. His practical perspective point of view of an ordinary man implicitly recalls the ideas of Russian philosopher, Lev Shestov, creating as a result the literary and philosophic duet.

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