By Michael Mack
Offering the 1st analytical account of the relationship among anti-Semitism and philosophy, Mack starts off his exploration by means of displaying how the elemental thinkers within the German idealist tradition—Kant, Hegel, and, via them, Feuerbach and Wagner—argued that the human global may still practice and enact the guarantees held out via a perception of an otherworldly heaven. yet their respective philosophies all ran aground at the trust that the worldly proved incapable of remodeling itself into this otherworldly excellent. To reconcile this incommensurability, Mack argues, philosophers created a development of Jews as symbolic of the "worldliness" that hindered the advance of a physique politic and that served as a foil to Kantian autonomy and rationality.
In the second one half, Mack examines how Moses Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine, Franz Rosenzweig, and Freud, between others, grappled with being either German and Jewish. each one philosopher permitted the philosophies of Kant and Hegel, in various levels, whereas concurrently critiquing anti-Semitism so as to strengthen the fashionable Jewish inspiration of what it intended to be enlightened—a idea that differed considerably from that of Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach, and Wagner. by means of conversing the unstated in German philosophy, this e-book profoundly reshapes our knowing of it.
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German Idealism and the Jew: The Inner Anti-Semitism of Philosophy and German Jewish Responses by Michael Mack