Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered by Leora Batnitzky
Although Franz Rosenzweig was the most important Jewish philosopher of the twentieth century, his idea is still incomprehensible. Here, Liora Patnitsky says that Rosenzweig's reorientation of German-Jewish moral unification foretells…
Idolatry and Representation synopsis
Although Franz Rosenzweig was the most important Jewish philosopher of the twentieth century, his idea is still incomprehensible. Here, Liora Patnitsky says that Rosenzweig's reorientation of German-Jewish moral unification foretells and defies contemporary trends in religious studies, ethics, philosophy,anthropology, theology, and biblical studies.
This text, which embodies the interpretive movement of the body of Rosenzweig, is the first to think about the full import of the cultural criticism described in his writings on the modern meanings of art, language, ethics, and national identity. In this process, the book explores important mysteries about Rosenzweig's relationship with the German idealism, other major Jewish thinkers, Jewish and Christian political life, and brings Rosenzweig to talk with major contemporary thinkers.
Drawing on Rosenzweig's view that the prohibition of Judaism on idols is the main intellectual and spiritual resource available to respond to the social effects of humanity, Batnitzky interrogates idolatry as a modern possibility. Her analysis not only speaks of the relationship between Judaism and modernity (and vice versa), but also to the general question of the relationship between the present and the past - a subject of great importance to anyone thinking about the modern state of religious tradition and reason.
Science and historical inquiry. On Rosenzweig's path, Patnetsky argues that modern philosophers and their morals should re-learn their methods in religious traditions and texts to address the current central moral problems..
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