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Resisting history : historicism and its discontents in German-Jewish thought

Author: David N Myers
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2003.
Series: Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the ancient to the modern world.
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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.".
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Hermann Cohen; Franz Rosenzweig; Leo Strauss; Isaac Breuer; Hermann Cohen; Franz Rosenzweig; Leo Strauss; Isaac Breuer; Isaac Breuer; Hermann Cohen; Franz Rosenzweig; Leo Strauss
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David N Myers
ISBN: 0691115931 9780691115931
OCLC Number: 51984762
Description: x, 253 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Jewish historicism and its discontents: an introduction --
Hermann Cohen and the problem of history at the fin de siècle --
Franz Rosenzweig and the rise of theological anti-historicism --
Anti-historicism and the theological-political predicament in Weimar Germany: the case of Leo Strauss --
Isaac Breuer and the Jewish path to metageschichte --
From conclusion to opening: a word on influence, German Jews, and the cultural history of ideas.
Series Title: Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the ancient to the modern world.
Responsibility: David N. Myers.
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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."--BOOK JACKET.

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