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The influence of Hegel on Emil Fackenheim's understanding of Judaism


The influence of Hegel on Emil Fackenheim's understanding of Judaism

Shulman, Celia (2003) The influence of Hegel on Emil Fackenheim's understanding of Judaism. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Fackenheim's use of Midrash resonates with a Hegelian prism through which one approaches philosophy, religion and history. The anti-Judaism that is found in Hegel is largely due to his unfamiliarity with Jewish sources. His main contention is that Judaism is no longer historically relevant because Jews have lost their sovereign state and that Judaism is no longer a true philosophy or religion, since revelation is a one time event, which cannot be carried to the present or the future. The undialectical nature of Judaism is, to Hegel, the reason why Judaism is surpassed by Christianity. Fackenheim juxtaposes Hegel's framework with Midrash to show that, indeed, a vital Judaism has appeared on the historical scene the second time. To Fackenheim, the Holocaust and the State of Israel are major watersheds in the history of Judaism, with the Holocaust having revelatory significance. Judaism's historical rootedness is paralleled by the importance Hegel attributed to history in his own analytical framework.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Religions and Cultures
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Shulman, Celia
Pagination:v, 116 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Dept. of Religion
Thesis Supervisor(s):Oppenheim, Michael
ID Code:2417
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 17:28
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:19
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