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The Beginnings Of Occultist Kabbalah: Adolphe Franck And Eliphas Lévi

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The development of the academic study of kabbalah could be described as a series of polemical exclusions and inclusions. Adolphe Franck is known to have been a vehement opponent of atheism and positivism, and has been criticized for never having come to terms with Kantian philosophy. The value and originality of kabbalah for Franck lies entirely in this philosophy, and certainly not in its exegetical techniques: the procedures for permutating letters and numbers that would become central to Eliphas Lvis perspective are dismissed by Franck as a series of bizarre manipulations without deeper significance. Because the dualistic doctrine destroys the very law of equilibrium, it necessarily destroys the very unity of the divine, of reality, and of truth as well.

Keywords: Adolphe Franck; Eliphas Lvi; kabbalah; Kantian philosophy



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