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Philosophy and the Jewish Question: Mendelssohn, Rosenzweig, and Beyond

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Title: Philosophy and the Jewish Question: Mendelssohn, Rosenzweig, and Beyond
Author(s): Rosenstock, Bruce
Subject(s): jewish studies, philosophy, political theory, political theology
Abstract: Drawing together two critical moments in the history of European Jewry—its entrance as a participant in the Enlightenment project of religious and political reform and its involvement in the traumatic upheavals brought on by the Great War—this book offers a reappraisal of the intersection of culture, politics, theology, and philosophy in the modern world through the lens of two of the most important thinkers of their day, Moses Mendelssohn and Franz Rosenzweig. Their vision of the place of the Jewish people not only within German society but also within the unfolding history of humankind as a whole challenged the reigning cultural assumptions of the day and opened new ways of thinking about reason, language, politics, and the sources of ethical obligation. In the final chapters of the book, the path beyond Mendelssohn and Rosenzweig is traced out in the work of Hannah Arendt and Stanley Cavell’s reflections on the foundations of democratic sociality.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Citation Info: Fordham University Press, 2010
Genre: Book
Type: Text
Language: English
ISBN: 9780823231294
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-12-01

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