Two responses to a moment in the question of transcendence: a study of first boundaries in Plotinean and Kabbalistic cosmogonical metaphysics

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Title: Two responses to a moment in the question of transcendence: a study of first boundaries in Plotinean and Kabbalistic cosmogonical metaphysics
Author: DeBord, Charles Eugene
Abstract: This thesis contrasts the Plotinean attitude towards transcendence at the cosmological level with that of certain Kabbalistic authors of the 13th -17th century . Special emphasis is placed on the different approaches taken by each of the two sides to addressing the origin of otherness . Following a brief introduction to the notion of the question of transcendence , the first major part (chapter II ) is dedicated to an exploration of the Plotinean conception of metaphysical "descent" from the One to subsequent hypostases . The second major part (chapter III ) focuses on Kabbalistic conceptions of the descent from the indefinite infinite to the finite (limited ) realm . Finally , I attempt to illustrate the questions and concerns common to each of the two cosmologies . In so doing , I make use of semiotic concepts to clarify the contrast between the two models .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /445
Date: 2004-09-30

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Two responses to a moment in the question of transcendence: a study of first boundaries in Plotinean and Kabbalistic cosmogonical metaphysics. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /445 .

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