Lev Shestov’s Angel of Death: Memory, Trauma and Rebirth

Ogden, M. (2021) Lev Shestov’s Angel of Death: Memory, Trauma and Rebirth. Peter Lang. ISBN 9781800791121

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Abstract

At the beginning of the twentieth century the Russian émigré philosopher Lev Shestov (1866–1938) challenged traditional philosophical norms and brought the individual experience of the anxiety of death to the forefront of philosophical investigation. Based on new research and translations of Shestov’s unpublished manuscripts, notes and correspondence, this book analyses the thoughts of one of the most influential thinkers of the past century in an interdisciplinary context. While uncovering the roots of the philosopher’s existential position, the author traces Shestov’s «wandering through souls» of the world’s most significant philosophers and writers within the context of a historical and biographical narrative, offering a close reading of his thinking in its chronological progression. A new interpretation of Shestov’s philosophy, this comparative and hermeneutical analysis focuses on the thinker’s continual search for meaning on the question of human mortality. Bringing together up-to-date research findings in Russian, English and French, an evolutionary analysis of the key notions in Shestov’s philosophy – the problems of truth, revelation, faith and death – is carried out in conjunction with the ideas of such pivotal figures in Western culture as Fyodor Dostoevsky, William James, Edmund Husserl, Karl Jaspers, Martin Buber and Sigmund Freud.

Item Type:Books
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ogden, Dr Marina
Authors: Ogden, M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies
Publisher:Peter Lang
ISBN:9781800791121
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