From what I have learned about Kabbalah it seems that wisdom is the main ingredient of Kabbalah studies, but, it is also the main ingredient (or at least, it should be) of western philosophy also.

Which are the main points of divergence of Kabbalah and western philosophy?

Which are the similarities (other than the efforts to attain wisdom)?

  • Kabbalah is more a peculiar kind of theology (Jewish mysticism) than philosophy, see What is the difference between Philosophy and Theology? for a general distinction. Beyond that, the two are too far apart, and "philosophy" is too varied, for a meaningful point by point comparison. As for "wisdom", the word is too vague for its appearance in different contexts to signal much of a substantive similarity.
    – Conifold
    Mar 9, 2020 at 22:47
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    – J D
    Mar 10, 2020 at 2:57
  • Kabbalah is a form of mysticism and like organized religion, relies on divination and revelation. It would likely be a better comparison to consider it akin to gnosticism which both emphasize the individuals journey over obedience to doctrine and institution. Philosophy, even among the pres
    – J D
    Mar 10, 2020 at 3:00
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    Apparently Kabbalah does contain some 'wisdom' in addition to theology and mysticism, and that wisdom content could be reasonably compared with other traditions. Mar 10, 2020 at 9:24
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    @PeterJ: That's generalizing up to becoming false. One of the contact points between German philosophy of the Enlightenment and modern (Lurian) Kabbalah is Moses Mendelssohn. There even is a philosopher at my former institute who came to writing a book about Tsimtsum via studying Spinoza, Jacobi, and Mendelssohn.
    – Philip Klöcking
    Mar 10, 2020 at 12:22


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