Lev Isaakovich Shestov (Russian: Лев Исаакович Шестов), born Yehuda Leyb Schwarzmann (Russian: Иегуда Лейб Шварцман), variously known as Leon. Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Nietzsche (The Good in the Teaching of Tolstoy and Nietzsche: Philosophy and Teaching & Dostoevsky and Nietzsche: The. An introduction to the Russian-Jewish existentialist philosopher Lev Shestov, Leon Chestov.

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Diaghilev welcomed Shestov as a contributor to the noted journal Mir Iskusstva The World of Art which he was then editing. Shestov also performed a useful service in forcibly and repeatedly drawing our attention to the fact that not all questions are of the same kind.

Man is not, unless he renounces his primordial freedom as all men, in fact, tend to do in their obsession with obtaining rational explanation and scientific knowledge under the power of universal and necessary causal laws or unalterable empirical facts. There is no need at all.

Only a reappropriation of the faith of Scripture – which proclaims that man and the universe are the creation of an omnipotent, personal God and that this God made man in His own image, endowing him with freedom and creative power – could, Shestov came sheetov believe, liberate contemporary humanity from the horrors of existence.

Early in life, however, he chose assimilation to Russian culture as the keystone to his intellectual development. For, as William Barrett has said of Shestov’s work, it “can show us what the mind of western Europe, the heir of classicism and rationalism, looks like to an outsider – particularly to a Russian outsider who will be satisfied with no philosophic answers that fall short of the total and passionate feelings of his own humanity.

Shestov’s dislike of the Soviet regime led him to undertake a shetov journey out of Russia, and he eventually ended up in France. Additionally it is possible to search each book separately. This site proposes a number of Shestov’s works in extenso.

From Kiev our group moved north, and our ties with Shestov were continued and consolidated in Moscow.

It must be resisted to the utmost, even if the struggle seems a senseless beating of the head against a stone wall. Shestov finds an immense nobility and heroism shsstov the cry of Dostoevsky’s protagonist in his Notes from the Underground: Nevertheless, he would find admirers in such writers as D.


That’s what makes him into an existentialist. Shestov himself died at a clinic in Paris. But he always goes back to the same questions: Popularity Popularity Featured Price: Conversations with Lev Shestov by Benjamin Fondane – As the years go by it becomes harder and harder for me to keep believing that the wall can be broken down, that one can defeat impossibility. Of course, I won’t be able to breach this wall with my head if I’m not strong enough. To sing praises not only to that measure of necessity and constraint that obviously exists but to go further and maintain that everything in the universe is necessarily and eternally as it is – this tendency of rationalist thought, he contended, does the greatest violence to the spirit.

American and British readers, to whom the life and work of this great Russian Jewish thinker are now virtually unknown, [5] can profit from becoming acquainted with him. Is there any assurance that man will not arrogantly put himself in the place of God, or that he will go beyond self-exaltation and recognize God as his own and the universe’s Lord and Creator?

But perhaps an even more important reason for the relative obscurity into which Shestov has fallen is the fact that he is stubbornly and unrelentingly anti-modern. In order to obtain for their son the privileges accorded educated Jews by the Tzarist government, his parents enrolled Lev Isaakovich in the Gymnasium of Kiev but, after becoming involved in a political affair, he had to leave.

Lev Shestov – Introduction

His largely negative work of thirty years before, such as The Apotheosis of Groundlessnessmay be regarded in retrospect as prolegomena and preparation for the positive message of the great work on which Shestov’s permanent fame as a religious thinker will undoubtedly rest.

He has served as an army chaplain in Japan and as a rabbi in Champaign, Ill. The English translation was made from the French edition rather than the original Russian.

Intro Texts Links Biblio Talk. He described the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus as a transfiguring spectacle by which it is demonstrated that the purpose of life is not “mystical” surrender to the “absolute”, but ascetical struggle:.

Reason and its by-product, scientific method, have their proper use and their rightful place in obtaining knowledge concerning empirical phenomena, but they cannot and must not be allowed to determine the directions of man’s metaphysical quest or to decide on the ultimate issues – issues such as the reality of God, human freedom and immortality.


Lev Shestov – online library

Man, Shestov concludes, must choose: The war brought him one great personal sorrow when, inhis handsome and gifted illegitimate son, Sergei Listopadov, was killed in action.

Inhe was introduced to Edmund Husserlwith whom he maintained a cordial relationship despite radical differences in philosophical outlook. By this time Kiev, too, had acceded to the Soviets, and the authorities refused permission to publish the book unless the author added an introduction shestv be it only half a page – defending Marxist doctrine.

Shestov has been dismissed by some critics as a wild irrationalist, a willful protagonist of the absurd, who wished to abandon reason entirely in order to make room for a trans-rational revelation. Aside from the question whether he has, in le concept of “moral freedom,” fairly portrayed the character of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob of whom he purported to speak, it may be asked of Shestov whether it makes any sense to assert that man can live entirely without ethical norms or principles.

Some of these have not been translated into English to my knowledgethey are marked with a triple asterix.

Some restrictions may apply to use of individual images which are separately licensed. He refuses reason its reasons and begins to advance with some decision only in the middle of that colorless desert where all certainties pev become stones.

Shestov, Lev

On this he is not clear. With regard to the form he often used aphorisms the style may be deemed more web-like than linear, and more explosive shestoov argumentative.

But as long as I have the least shred levv hope I will refuse to “sanctify” necessity as Schelling does Macartney and published in London in There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The biblical revelation not only cannot be harmonized with rationalist or would-be “scientific” metaphysics but is itself altogether devoid of support either from logical argument or scientific knowledge.

For the Bible, in opposition to Western science and philosophy, proclaims that God is the omnipotent One for whom literally nothing is syestov and whose power is absolutely without limits, and that He stands not only at the center but at the beginning and end of all things.