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Language, Eros, BeingKabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination$
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Elliot R. Wolfson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224180

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823224180.001.0001

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Showing The Saying: Laying Interpretative Ground

Showing The Saying: Laying Interpretative Ground

(p.1) Chapter One Showing The Saying: Laying Interpretative Ground
Language, Eros, Being

Elliot R. Wolfson

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the veil of poetic imagination formed within the Jewish esoteric tradition known as “kabbalah”. The semantic range of the term encompasses practice and theory, in Western philosophical jargon, or in rabbinic locution, ma'aseh and Talmud, a way of doing and a way of thinking. It also discusses Ars Poetica and how the “poetic function” of language (for traditional kabbalists) deepens the fundamental dichotomy of signs and objects.

Keywords:   Kabbalah, Ars Poetica, philosophy, phenomenology, signs, objects

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