By Yotam Hotam
In the past due 19th and early 20th century, the German highbrow international used to be challenged by way of a becoming mistrust within the rational beliefs of the enlightenment, and for that reason by means of a trust within the life of a thorough ‘cultural crisis’. One reaction to this difficulty used to be the emergence of ‘Life Philosophy’, which celebrated the irrational, expressive, instinctive and spontaneous, whereas rejecting the rational, awake, and logical. round the similar time and position, Zionist inspiration crystallized. It mentioned concerns just like the ‘Jewish essence’, the construction of a brand new Jewish individual and a brand new Jewish group, go back to the Jewish place of origin, and the negation of the diasporic lifestyle.
This publication explores the connections among Zionism and existence Philosophy, and argues that lifestyles Philosophy represents a contemporary secularized model of gnostic dualism among God and global, and that this used to be a specific secular impulse that lay on the middle of the Zionist political venture. along with major sections, the booklet first exhibits the style during which lifestyles Philosophy might be understood as a latest, secularized, gnostic theology, ahead of concluding by means of discussing its political Zionist interpretation.
Drawing on released works of a variety of thinkers and intellectuals, along quite a few unpublished fabrics, this booklet could be welcomed via scholars and students of Jewish experiences, the philosophy of Judaism, and faith and philosophy extra usually.
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