Barring fear: Philo and the hermeneutic project

Andrew Benjamin

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The aim of the paper is to investigate the role of allegory in Philo and specifically
in his text On the Migration of Abraham. This involves the twofold move of arguing that even though Philo remains a Platonist and that his language is Platonic in orientation what occurs is a transformation of seeing, which is an immediate activity, into reading, which is always mediate. The second elements stems from this insistence on mediation. It results in freeing allegory from the hold of the allegorical/literal opposition. Allegory is transformed as a result in the name of an ineliminable allegoresis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307–326
Number of pages20
JournalEpoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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