Emil J. Fackenheim : A Jewish Philosopher's Response to the Holocaust

Emil J. Fackenheim : A Jewish Philosopher's Response to the Holocaust

by David Patterson, Emer Nolan


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Emil Fackenheim was the last in a long line of Jewish philosophers to emerge from Germany, the modern center of Western philosophy, following Moses Mendelssohn, Leo Baeck, and Martin Buber. In this revealing book, David Patterson explores Fackenheim's rigorous pursuit of a philosophical response to the tragedy of the Holocaust. Fackenheim's writing sheds light on the tensions between Jewish thinking and German philosophy, illustrating how elements of the latter were used by the Nazis to justify Jewish annihilation. In addition, he emphasizes the important implications of defining Jewish philosophy as its own entity, separate from the tenets of the Jewish cultural tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815631569
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Series: Religion, Theology and the Holocaust
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

David Patterson is the Bornblum Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Memphis. He has published numerous books and articles on Jewish culture and religion, including Sun Turned to Darkness, also published by Syracuse University Press.

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xxi
Introduction: The Last of the German Jewish Philosophers     1
The Philosophical Roots of the Holocaust     30
The Jewish Encounter with Modern Philosophy     57
The Matter of Singularity     92
From Auschwitz to Jerusalem     123
Tikkun Haolam     155
Closing Reflections     186
References     195
Index     207

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