An Episode of Jewish Romanticism: Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption

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SUNY Press, Aug 26, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 306 pages
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Examining romanticism in the thought of Jewish philosopher, Franz Rosenzweig, this book compares his magnum opus, The Star of Redemption, with Leo Baeck’s essay, “Romantic Religion,” and Friedrich Schelling’s Philosophy of Art, texts representing two distinct and, to a large extent, opposed interpretations of romanticism.

Rosenzweig’s thought was shaped by two intellectual histories: Germany’s and Judaism’s. Because romanticism had such a definite impact on modern German writing and thought, it becomes a question whether, and to what extent, Rosenzweig, too, was a romantic. Part of the force of the question derives from the tensions sometimes noted between Jewish and romantic worldviews. In this book, author Ernest Rubinstein shows The Star of Redemption to be along the spectrum of ideas that extends between Baeck and Schelling, and thus illustrates a qualified romanticism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Romanticism and Idealism
8
Rosenzweig and Baeck
12
Baeck and Schelling
16
Schelling and Rosenzweig
19
Synopsis of The Star of Redemption
25
CHAPTER 2 A Reading of The Star of Redemption though Romantic Religion
29
Romantic Redemption
36
Darkness
144
Inversion
153
Completion
166
Conclusions
174
A Reading of The Star of Redemption through The Philosophy of Art Introduction
177
Philosophy and the Protocosmos
182
Art and the Protocosmos
193
Philosophy and the Cosmos
200

Romantic AntiEthics
57
Romantic Darkness
68
Romantic Inversion
86
Romantic Completion
103
Conclusions
116
A Reading of The Philosophy of Artagainst Romantic Religion Introduction
121
Redemption
127
Ethics
139
Art and the Cosmos
209
Philosophy and the Hypercosmos
224
Art and the Hypercosmos
249
Conclusions
259
Conclusions
265
Notes
271
Index
295
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Ernest Rubinstein is Librarian at the Ecumenical Library, The Interchurch Center, New York City and is Instructor at New York University s School of Continuing Education.

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