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Love Strong as Death: Jews Against Heidegger (On the Issue of Finitude)

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According to Levinas, in Heidegger’s death-dominated thought there is no place for being-with-the-other. But Levinas is not the first and not the only Jewish philosopher who uttered his objection to Heidegger’s overestimation of death by drawing ‘out of the sources of Judaism’: Franz Rosenzweig, Hannah Arendt, and Harold Bloom are also opposed to the Heideggerian mode of doing philosophy solely under the auspices of death. There is one feature they share: the importance of the intellectual heritage of the Song of Songs. In their approaches, ‘love as strong as death’ lends itself to the philosophical speculation which offers a different conception of the finite existence, destined to die but no means exhausted by its lethal destiny and marked by passionate relations with others.

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Bielik-Robson, A. (2017). Love Strong as Death: Jews Against Heidegger (On the Issue of Finitude). In: Björk, M., Svenungsson, J. (eds) Heidegger’s Black Notebooks and the Future of Theology. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64927-6_7

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