The Philosopher as Witness: Fackenheim and Responses to the Holocaust

The Philosopher as Witness: Fackenheim and Responses to the Holocaust

by Michael L. Morgan, Benjamin Pollock
     
 

Emil Fackenheim (1916–2003), one of the most important Jewish philosophers of the twentieth century, called on the world at large not only to bear witness to the Holocaust as an unprecedented assault on Judaism and on humanity, but also to recognize that the question of what it means to philosophize—indeed, what it means to be human—must be raised… See more details below

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Emil Fackenheim (1916–2003), one of the most important Jewish philosophers of the twentieth century, called on the world at large not only to bear witness to the Holocaust as an unprecedented assault on Judaism and on humanity, but also to recognize that the question of what it means to philosophize—indeed, what it means to be human—must be raised anew in its wake. The Philosopher as Witness begins with two recent essays written by Fackenheim himself and includes responses to the questions that Fackenheim posed to philosophy, Judaism, and humanity after the Holocaust. The contributors to this book dare to extend that questioning through a critical examination of Fackenheim’s own thought and through an exploration of some of the ramifications of his work for fields of study and realms of religious life that transcend his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791474556
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/08/2008
Series:
SUNY series in Contemporary Jewish Thought
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1. Reflections

1. In Memory of Leo Baeck and Other Jewish Thinkers in “Dark Times”: Once More, “After Auschwitz, Jerusalem”
Emil Fackenheim

2. Hegel and “The Jewish Problem”
Emil Fackenheim

Part 2. Critique

3. Hegel’s Ghost: “Witness” and “Testimony” in the Post-Holocaust Philosophy of Emil Fackenheim
Susan E. Shapiro

4. Fackenheim on Passover after the Holocaust
Warren Zev Harvey

5. Of Systems and the Systematic Labor of Thought: Fackenheim as Philosopher of His Time
Benjamin Pollock

6. Fackenheim and Levinas: Living and Thinking after Auschwitz
Michael L. Morgan

7. The Holocaust and the Foundations of Future Philosophy: Fackenheim and Strauss
Sol Goldberg

8. Fackenheim and Strauss
Catherine H. Zuckert

Part 3. Response

9. Emil Fackenheim: Theodicy, and the Tikkun of Protest
David R. Blumenthal

10. The Holocaust Is a Christian Issue: Christology Revisited
Richard A. Cohen

11. The Holocaust—Tragedy for the Jewish People, Credibility Crisis for Christendom
Franklin H. Littell

12. Man or Muselmann?: Fackenheim’s Elaboration on Levi’s Question
David Patterson

13. Emil Fackenheim, Irving Howe, and the Fate of Secular Jewishness
Edward Alexander

14. She’erith Hapleitah: Reflections of a Historian
Zeev Mankowitz

15. Willful Murder in the Lublin District of Poland
David Silberklang

16. Metahistory, Redemption, and the Shofar of Emil Fackenheim
Gershon Greenberg

List of Contributors
Index

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