Reading Maimonides' Philosophy in 19th Century Germany: The Guide to Religious Reform

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Springer Science & Business Media, May 3, 2012 - Philosophy - 374 pages
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This book investigates the re-discovery of Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed by the Wissenschaft des Judentums movement in Germany of the nineteenth and beginning twentieth Germany. Since this movement is inseparably connected with religious reforms that took place at about the same time, it shall be demonstrated how the Reform Movement in Judaism used the Guide for its own agenda of historizing, rationalizing and finally turning Judaism into a philosophical enterprise of ‘ethical monotheism’. The study follows the reception of Maimonidean thought, and the Guide specifically, through the nineteenth century, from the first beginnings of early reformers in 1810 and their reading of Maimonides to the development of a sophisticated reform-theology, based on Maimonides, in the writings of Hermann Cohen more then a hundred years later.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Part I Maimonides The Guide for the Reform Movement in Germany
32
Part II Specific Problems in the Reception of Maimonides Philosophy in Nineteenth and Early TwentiethCentury Germany
154
Primary German Nineteenth and Early TwentiethCentury Sources on Maimonides Guide
349
Bibliography
355
Author Index
365
Subject Index
369
Index of Chapters
373
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