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Jews and the Ends of Theory$
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Shai Ginsburg, Martin Land, and Jonathan Boyarin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823282005

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823282005.001.0001

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Recovering Futurity: Theorizing the End and the End of Theory

Recovering Futurity: Theorizing the End and the End of Theory

(p.293) Chapter 11 Recovering Futurity: Theorizing the End and the End of Theory
Jews and the Ends of Theory

Elliot R. Wolfson

Fordham University Press

This chapter addresses the co-dependence of people's conceptions of end and of beginning. To comprehend the beginning, one must think of it from the perspective of futurity, from the perspective, that is, of the ultimate end. Consequently, the beginning lies not in the past but, rather, in the future. The chapter then relates this mode of philosophizing with the way people understand Jewish eschatology, which lies at the center of Jewish theorization about time. In Jewish eschatology, what is yet to come is understood as what has already happened, whereas what has happened is derived from what is yet to come. Martin Heidegger has dismissed Judaism as a religion that by its very nature cannot experience temporality authentically. Yet his own understanding of temporality accords well with rabbinic conceptions of temporality and later kabbalistic eschatologies.

Keywords:   end, beginning, Jewish eschatology, time, Martin Heidegger, Judaism, temporality, kabbalistic eschatologies, futurity

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