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German idealism and the Jew : the inner anti-semitism of philosophy and German Jewish responses

Author: Michael Mack
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In German Idealism and the Jew, Michael Mack uncovers the deep roots of anti-Semitism in the German philosophical tradition. While many have read German anti-Semitism as a reaction against Enlightenment philosophy, Mack instead contends that the redefinition of the Jews as irrational, oriental Others forms the very cornerstone of German idealism, including Kant's conception of universal reason."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Mack
ISBN: 0226500942 9780226500942
OCLC Number: 50919874
Description: viii, 229 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: the political, philosophical, theological, sociological, and literary critical ramifications of anti-semitism --
Narratives --
Positing immutability in religion: Kant --
The metaphysics of eating: Jewish dietary laws and Hegel's social theory --
Transforming the body into the body politic: Wagner and the trajectory of German idealism --
Counternarratives --
Moses Mendelssohn's other enlightenment and German Jewish counterhistories in the work of Heinrich Heine and Abraham Geiger --
Political anti-semitism and its German Jewish responses at the end of the nineteenth century: Heinrich Graetz and Otto Weininger --
Between Mendelssohn and Kant: Hermann Cohen's dual account of reason --
Franz Rosenzweig, or the body's independence from the body politic --
The politics of blood: Rosenzweig and Hegel --
Freud's other enlightenment: turning the tables on Kant --
Walter Benjamin's transcendental messianism, or the immanent transformation of the profane --
Conclusion: Elias Canetti, Franz Baermann Steiner, and Weimar's aftermath.
Responsibility: Michael Mack.
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