Venturing Beyond - Law and Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism

Hardcover | May 25, 2006

byElliot R. Wolfson

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Are mysticism and morality compatible or at odds with one another? If mystical experience embraces a form of non-dual consciousness, then in such a state of mind, the regulative dichotomy so basic to ethical discretion would seemingly be transcended and the very foundation for ethicaldecisions undermined. Venturing Beyond - Law and Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism is an investigation of the relationship of the mystical and moral as it is expressed in the particular tradition of Jewish mysticism known as the Kabbalah. The particular themes discussed include the denigration ofthe non-Jew as the ontic other in kabbalistic anthropology and the eschatological crossing of that boundary anticipated in the instituition of religious conversion; the overcoming of the distinction between good and evil in the mystical experience of the underlying unity of all things; divinesuffering and the ideal of spiritual poverty as the foundation for transmoral ethics and hypernomian lawfulness.

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Are mysticism and morality compatible or at odds with one another? If mystical experience embraces a form of non-dual consciousness, then in such a state of mind, the regulative dichotomy so basic to ethical discretion would seemingly be transcended and the very foundation for ethicaldecisions undermined. Venturing Beyond - Law and Mor...

Elliot R. Wolfson is Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:May 25, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction. Morality and Mysticism: Parallel or Intersecting Lines?1. Ontology, Alterity, and the Anthropological Other2. Othering the Other: Eschatological Effacing of Ontological Boundaries3. Beyond Good and Evil: Hypernomian Transmorality and Indeterminacy of the Limit4. Suffering, Humility, and Transgressive Piety