Abstract

Abstract:

The moral meaning of the Tower of Babel is diaspora, but there are many thoughts of diaspora. A comparative evaluation of disapora thoughts is needed. I compare two esoteric ones, that of Ahad Ha'am and Jorge Luis Borges, with some reference to Franz Kafka, in order to evaluates the effects of a pattern of dispersal on a human community. In the battle between Borges's and Ha'am's diaspora thoughts, the more radical and morally better pattern belongs to the less radical thinker. Both commit to a negative concept of diaspora. Borges commits, however, to an absolute diaspora, in which a person or a people can only get lost. Ha'am commits to a relative diaspora, in which a people takes its orientation continually from multiple vectors of distance and foreignness.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1947-2978
Print ISSN
0084-3695
Pages
pp. 62-89
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-21
Open Access
No
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