Words for the Day

It is due more to general cultural sympathies and antipathies than to objective reasons that [the term “negative cosmology”] has not been taken up with the same readiness as that of a negative theology. For the devotees of God are not always lovers of knowledge, and vice versa. No such contrast exists between the lovers of the world and those of knowledge; on the contrary, they are more or less dependent on each other, as indeed are also the concepts of world and knowledge themselves. Thus the ‘scientific conclusion’ that one can know nothing of God was more palatable than the same conclusion with respect to the world. But we resist the one ‘conclusion’ as well as the other.

Franz Rosenzweig, *The Star of Redemption,* translated by William W. Hallo from the 2nd edition of 1930, University of Notre Dame Press, 2014/1985, 41.

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