Resisting History: Historicism and Its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought - Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World by David N. Myers
European thought in the 19th century, especially in Germany, was increasingly dominated by a new historical motivation to place every event, person or text in its own context. Contrary to…
Resisting History synopsis
European thought in the 19th century, especially in Germany, was increasingly dominated by a new historical motivation to place every event, person or text in its own context. Contrary to the claims of transcendental philosophy - and most importantly - theology, historical critics attacked the reduction of human experience for a series of intermittent moments, each of which was a certainly earthly product, not sacred, origins.
In the late 19th century and in the Weimar period, many viewed historicalism as a grinding force that corrupted social values and was a symbol of the most serious diseases in modern society. The resistant history examines the anti-historical reaction, focusing on four prominent Jewish thinkers.
David Myers puts these thinkers close to prominent Protestant thinkers at the time, but argues that German and Christian Jews share a complex and complex cultural world that is better understood in terms of exchange and adaptation rather than influence. After studying the growing dominance of new historical thinking in the 19th century, the book analyzes the critical responses of Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Leo Strauss, and Isaac Brewer.
For this remarkable quartet of intellectuals, history has been a stark challenge to the continued vitality of Judaism in the modernworld. However, while they were planning to dilute or destroy their destructive tendencies, these thinkers often resorted to the same tools and methods of history. By doing so, they demonstrated the absolute absolute of modernity in modern culture, whether approached from a Christian or Jewish perspective.
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