Will There Rather Be Nothing Than Something?

On Modern Pantheism and Its Aporias in Ernst Bloch


The purpose of this essay is to put Ernst Bloch’s philosophy to a test suggested by Hans Blumenberg in The Legitimacy of the Modern Age. According to Blumenberg, modernity constitutes the second, successful, attempt at overcoming Gnosticism, after the first attempt, undertaken by Christianity, had failed. However – Blumenberg argues – it  was not modern philosophy, but only science which had managed to escape Gnosticism’s ontological trap of viewing the world as an illusion bordering on nothing.

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Bielik-Robson, A. (2022). Will There Rather Be Nothing Than Something?. Civitas. Studia Z Filozofii Polityki, 29, 105-125. https://doi.org/10.35757/CIV.2021.29.05

Agata Bielik-Robson  abielik@ifispan.waw.pl
Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk  Polska

Holds a postdoctoral degree of habilitated doctor of humanities. She works at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and as a professor of Jewish Studies at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham. She deals with the contemporary philosophy of the subject, the theory of literature, the philosophy of religion, and post-secular thought, with particular emphasis on Jewish heritage. She lives in Warsaw and Nottingham (Great Britain).