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Witnesses for the future : philosophy and messianism / Pierre Bouretz ; translated by Michael B. Smith.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: B804 .B66313 2010

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    "To the Horrors of War and genocide in the twentieth century there were witnesses, among them Hermann Cohen, Emmanuel Levinas, Ernst Bloch, Leo Strauss, Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem, Walter Benjamin, Martin Buber, and Hans Jonas. All defined themselves as Jews and philosophers. Their intellectual concerns and worldviews often in conflict, they nevertheless engaged in fruitful conversation: through the dialogue between Zionist activism and heterodox forms of Marxism, in the rediscovery of hidden traditions of Jewish history, at the intersection of ethics and metaphysics. They shared a common hope for a better, messianic future and a deep interest in and reliance on the cultural sources of the Jewish tradition." "In this magisterial work, Pierre Bouretz explores the thought of these great Jewish philosophers, taking a long view of the tenuous survival of German-Jewish metaphysical, religious, and social thought during the crises and catastrophes of the twentieth century. With deep passion and sound scholarship, Bouretz demonstrates the universal significance of this struggle in understanding the present human condition. The substantial and established influence of the book's subjects only serves to confirm this theory." "Profoundly learned and amply documented, Witnesses for the Future explains how these important philosophers came to understand the promise of a Messiah. Its significant bearing on a number of fields--including religious studies, literary criticism, philosophy of history, political theory, and Jewish studies--encourages scholars to rethink and reassess the intellectual developments of the past one hundred years."--BOOK JACKET.
    Uniform Title
    Témoins du futur. English
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Bouretz, Pierre.
    Published
    Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
    Contents
    Introduction
    The Judaism of Hermann Cohen (1842-1918) : a religion of adults
    From the night of the world to the blaze of redemption : the star of Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929)
    Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) : the angel of history and the experience of the century
    Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) : the tradition between knowledge and repair
    Martin Buber (1878-1965) : humanism in the age of the death of God
    Ernst Bloch (1885-1977) : a hermeneutics of waiting
    The legacy of Leo Strauss (1899-1973)
    Hans Jonas (1903-1994) : the experience of thoinking and responsibility toward the world
    With Emmanuel Levinas (1905-1995) : history judged.
    Notes
    Translated from the French.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 721-929) and indexes.
    Introduction -- The Judaism of Hermann Cohen (1842-1918) : a religion of adults -- From the night of the world to the blaze of redemption : the star of Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) -- Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) : the angel of history and the experience of the century -- Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) : the tradition between knowledge and repair -- Martin Buber (1878-1965) : humanism in the age of the death of God -- Ernst Bloch (1885-1977) : a hermeneutics of waiting -- The legacy of Leo Strauss (1899-1973) -- Hans Jonas (1903-1994) : the experience of thoinking and responsibility toward the world -- With Emmanuel Levinas (1905-1995) : history judged.

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    English
    ISBN
    9780801894503
    0801894506 (hardcover : alk. paper)
    Physical Description
    x, 965 p. ; 25 cm.

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