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Emil L. Fackenheim : a Jewish philosopher's response to the Holocaust / David Patterson.

Author/Creator:
Patterson, David, 1948-
Publication:
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2008.
Format/Description:
Book
xxi, 211 pages ; 23 cm
Edition:
1st ed.
Series:
Religion, theology, and the Holocaust
Religion, theology and the Holocaust
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Subjects:
Fackenheim, Emil L.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Influence.
Holocaust (Jewish theology).
Judaism -- 20th century.
Judaism -- Doctrines.
Judaism and philosophy.
Philosophy, German.
Jewish philosophy.
Ethics.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.).
Judaism.
Summary:
In this presentation of Fackenheim's ideas, Patterson contends that the Holocaust challenges the history of philosophy as a whole, and German 19th-20th-century philosophy in particular. Outstanding German thinkers, like Fichte, Kant, and Heidegger, are shown as leading to the philosophy of Nazism. Since a major goal of the Nazis was the destruction of Judaism, Fackenheim points the way to a post-Holocaust Judaism, based on "tikkun olam" and "teshuvah" that might revive the Jewish people, particularly by rejoicing in the Torah (the voice of Sinai being seen as a means of responding to the voice of Auschwitz), raising Jewish children, and returning to the Land of Israel. (From the Bibliography of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism).
Contents:
Introduction : the last of the German Jewish philosophers
The philosophical roots of the Holocaust
The Jewish encounter with modern philosophy
The matter of singularity
From Auschwitz to Jerusalem
Tikkun haolam
Closing reflections.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-205) and index.
National Jewish Book Awards - Modern Jewish Thought and Experience, Winner, 2008
ISBN:
9780815631569
0815631561
9780815631835
0815631839
OCLC:
170203890