Rosenzweig and Heidegger: Between Judaism and German Philosophy

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University of California Press, Aug 26, 2003 - Philosophy - 328 pages
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"With brilliance and considerable daring, Peter Gordon's Rosenzweig and Heidegger broaches the possibility of a shared horizon and a promising dialogue between these two seminal figures—these antipodes—of twentieth-century thought. It will be the bench mark for future work in the field."—Thomas Sheehan, author of Heidegger: The Man and the Thinker

"In this brilliant book, Peter Gordon sheds light on Rosenzweig's most important philosophical book, The Star of Redemption, by means of an unexpected (and sure to be controversial) comparison—with the philosophy of Heidegger's Being and Time. The result is a "must read" for anyone with a serious interest in either thinker."—Hilary Putnam, author of The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy and Other Essays

"A major work. Gordon persuasively argues that the true originality of Rosenzweig's achievement, heretofore associated with a distinctively "Jewish" break with his German philosophical milieu, only becomes intelligible from within that very milieu. Focusing on resemblances between Rosenzweig's and Heidegger's projects, Gordon discerns the contours of a post-Nietzschean religious sensibility condensed into the paradox of a "redemption-in-the-world." This book will be valued by readers of both Heidegger and Rosenzweig, and by anyone interested in the intersections of philosophy and religion."—Eric L. Santner, author of On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life: Reflections on Freud and Rosenzweig

"A comparative reading of Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption and Heidegger's Being and Time. Peter Eli Gordon has written a work of exemplary erudition, analytical nuance, philosophical acumen and expository grace."—Paul Mendes-Flohr, author of German Jews: A Dual Identity
 

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Contents

Germans Jews and the Transformation of Weimar Philosophy
1
Cohens Opus Postumum and the Origins of the New Thinking
39
The Emergence of Finitude in Rosenzweigs Hegel and the State
82
Rosenzweigs Star Part I
119
Rosenzweigs Star Part II
192
The Hebrew Bible in the German Horizon
237
Rosenzweig Heidegger and the Davos Disputation
275
Germans Jews and the Politics of Interpretation
305
INDEX
315
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Peter Eli Gordon is Assistant Professor of History and Social Studies at Harvard University.

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