Dark Riddle: Hegel, Nietzsche, and the Jews

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A unique analysis of the conflicting views toward Judaism reflected in the work of German philosophers Hegel and Nietzsche. Through his masterly analysis of the writings of both men, Yirmiyahu Yovel shows that anti-Jewish prejudice can exist alongside a philosophy of reason, while a philosophy of power must not necessarily be anti-Semitic.
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Overview

A unique analysis of the conflicting views toward Judaism reflected in the work of German philosophers Hegel and Nietzsche. Through his masterly analysis of the writings of both men, Yirmiyahu Yovel shows that anti-Jewish prejudice can exist alongside a philosophy of reason, while a philosophy of power must not necessarily be anti-Semitic.
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"An original, masterful exploration of the philsophic significance of Judaism and the Jews in the thought of Hegel and Nietzsche. Yovel's study is not only a superb intellectual reconstruction: He also raises profound and disturbing questions about the legacy of the Enlightenment in confronting Judaism." Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

"Yirmiyahu Yovel's Dark Riddle is a well-crafted and much-needed contribution to three scholarly literatures: on Hegel, on Nietzsche,and on the situation and the perception of the Jewish people in nineteenth-century Europe. This book is engaging and fascinating reading for anyone who cares about the interplay of philosophical ideas with the events of modern history." Stephen Crites, Wesleyan University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745620336
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/18/1998
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Yirmiyahu Yovel is Schulman Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hans Jonas Professor at the Graduate Faculty, the New School for Social Research, New York. He is the author of Spinoza and Other Heretics (1989).

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Part 1: Hegel and the Religion of Sublimity.

1. Hegel and his Predecessors.

2. The Young Hegel and the Spirit of Judaism.

3. Jena and the Phenomenology: A Telling Silence.

4. The Mature Hegel: The Sublime Makes its Appearance.

5. Sublimity is not Sublime: The Philosophy of Religion. .

6. Hegel and the Jews: A Never-Ending Story.

Part II: Nietzsche and the People of Israel.

7. Nietzsche and the Shadows of the Dead God.

8. The Anti-Anti-Semite.

9. Nietzsche and Ancient Judaism: The Antichrist.

10. Diaspora and Contemporary Jews.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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