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Adorno'S Kabbalah: Some Preliminary Observations

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A properly rounded reading of Theodor W. Adorno's conception of kabbalah naturally requires the close study of his complete works. This chapter sketches his thinking on Jewish mysticism, especially in the context of his philosophy of religion. It discusses the first study of Adorno's kabbalah and cites his own words fairly extensively. It does not harmonize intrinsic incoherence, at least partly in deference to his own predilection for the fragment. The chapter makes a start toward distinguishing, in the matter of Adorno's kabbalah, the dignities of intrinsic difficulty from the embarrassments of plain error, which Adorno himself struggled. It also talks about Scholem and Kabbalah, as well as Aphoristik, Odradek, and a cult of Kafka.

Keywords: Adorno's kabbalah; Aphoristik; cult of Kafka; Jewish mysticism; Odradek



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