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German Idealism and the Jew The Inner Anti-Semitism of Philosophy and German Jewish Responses

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In German Idealism and the Jew, Michael Mack uncovers the deep roots of anti-Semitism in the German philosophical tradition. While many have read German anti-Semitism as a reaction against Enlightenment philosophy, Mack instead contends that the redefinition of the Jews as irrational, oriental Others forms the very cornerstone of German idealism, including Kant's conception of universal reason. Offering the first analytical account of the connection between anti-Semitism and philosophy, Mack begins his exploration by showing how the fundamental thinkers in the German idealist tradition—Kant, Hegel, and, through them, Feuerbach and Wagner—argued that the human world should perform and enact the promises held out by a conception of an otherworldly heaven. But their respective philosophies all ran aground on the belief that the worldly proved incapable of transforming itself into this otherworldly ideal. To reconcile this incommensurability, Mack argues, philosophers created a construction of Jews as symbolic of the "worldliness" that hindered the development of a body politic and that served as a foil to Kantian autonomy and rationality. In the second part, Mack examines how Moses Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine, Franz Rosenzweig, and Freud, among others, grappled with being both German and Jewish. Each thinker accepted the philosophies of Kant and Hegel, in varying degrees, while simultaneously critiquing anti-Semitism in order to develop the modern Jewish notion of what it meant to be enlightened—a concept that differed substantially from that of Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach, and Wagner. By speaking the unspoken in German philosophy, this book profoundly reshapes our understanding of it.

Kiadás éve:
2014
Kiadás helye:
Chicago
ISBN:
9780226500966
Kötés típusa:
ragasztott papír
Terjedelem:
229
Nyelv:
angol
Méret:
Szélesség: 15.00cm, Magasság: 23.00cm
Kategória:
Acknowledgments vü
Introduction: The Political, Philosophical,
Theological, Sociological, and Literary Critical
Ramifications of Anti-Semitism 1

PART ONE: NARRATIVES

1 Positing Immutability in Religion: Kant 23
2 The Mctaphysics of Eating: Jewish Dietary Laws
and Hegel's Social Theory 42
3 Transforming the Body into the Body Politic:
Wagner and the Trajectory of German Idealism 63

PART Two: COUNTERNARRATIVES

4 Moses Mendelssohn's Other Enlightenment and
German Jewish Counterhistories in the
Work of Heinrich Heine and Abraham Geiger 79
5 Political Anti-Semitism and Its German Jewish
Responses at the End of the Nincteenth Century:
Heinrich Graetz and Otto Weininger 98
6 Between Mendelssohn and Kant: Hermann Cohen's
Dual Account of Reason 108


7 Franz Rosenzweig, or The Body's Independence
from the Body Politic 117
8 The Politics of Blood: Rosenzweig and Hegel 125
9 Freud's Other Enlightenment: Turning the
Tables on Kant 136
10 Walter Benjamin's Transcendental Messianism,
or The Immanent Transformation of the Profane 155
Conclusion: Elias Canetti, Franz Baermann Steiner,
and Weimar's Aftermath 169
Notes 179
Index 221


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