Resisting History: Historicism and Its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought

Resisting History: Historicism and Its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought

by David N. Myers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691115931

ISBN-13: 9780691115931

Pub. Date: 10/13/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Resisting History examines the backlash against historicism, focusing on four major Jewish thinkers. David Myers situates these thinkers in proximity to leading Protestant thinkers of the time, but argues that German Jews and Christians shared a complex cultural and discursive world best understood in terms of exchange and adaptation rather than influence.

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Resisting History examines the backlash against historicism, focusing on four major Jewish thinkers. David Myers situates these thinkers in proximity to leading Protestant thinkers of the time, but argues that German Jews and Christians shared a complex cultural and discursive world best understood in terms of exchange and adaptation rather than influence.

After examining the growing dominance of the new historicist thinking in the nineteenth century, the book analyzes the critical responses of Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Leo Strauss, and Isaac Breuer. For this fascinating and diverse quartet of thinkers, historicism posed a stark challenge to the ongoing vitality of Judaism in the modern world. And yet, as they set out to dilute or eliminate its destructive tendencies, these thinkers often made recourse to the very tools and methods of historicism. In doing so, they demonstrated the utter inescapability of historicism in modern culture, whether approached from a Christian or Jewish perspective.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691115931
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/13/2003
Series:
Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on the Cover
Introduction1
Ch. 1Jewish Historicism and Its Discontents: An Introduction13
Ch. 2Hermann Cohen and the Problem of History at the Fin de Siecle35
Ch. 3Franz Rosenzweig and the Rise of Theological Anti-Historicism68
Ch. 4Anti-Historicism and the Theological-Political Predicament in Weimar Germany: The Case of Leo Strauss106
Ch. 5Isaac Breuer and the Jewish Path to Metageschichte130
Ch. 6From Conclusion to Opening: A Word on Influence, German Jews, and the Cultural History of Ideas157
Notes173
Bibliography233
Index251

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