The Philosopher as Witness: Fackenheim and Responses to the by Michael L. Morgan, Benjamin Pollock

By Michael L. Morgan, Benjamin Pollock

Responses to Fackenheim's reflections at the centrality of the Holocaust to philosophy, Jewish inspiration, and modern adventure.

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Perhaps both can find the recovery they need, not in Dichter und Denker in our “age of darkness” but in the age of German greatness, the Dichter Heine, and the Denker Hegel. NOTES 1. The book (in the following, RD) was first published by Indiana University Press in 1967, now University of Chicago Press, 1982. The essay is in The Legacy of Hegel (The Hague, the Netherlands: Nijhoff, 1973), 161–85. I still agree with Karl Rosenkranz, Hegel’s first biographer, that Jewish history both “repelled and fascinated” Hegel but, at my age, nearly thirty years later, I no longer see his “dark riddle” quite the same way.

2. Fackenheim, To Mend the World, 200. 3. Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz (New York: Collier Books, 1993); first published as Se questo e un uomo (Torino: Giulio Einaudi editore, 1958); first English edition titled If This Is a Man, trans. from Italian by Stuart Woolf. 4. , 82. 5. , 150. 6. Fackenheim, To Mend the World, 249, emphasis in original. 7. Fackenheim, To Mend the World, 258–59. 8. Emil L. Fackenheim, The Jewish Bible after the Holocaust: A Re-reading ((Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 1990).

Assured as we have been of Hegel’s Rechtschaffenheit, “rectitude,” it will not seem petty for us also to ask: What has happened to the “Jewish problem”? The questions are intertwined. First, if God is not “jealous,” Divinity is immanent in all religions, in humanity as well as divinity, hence—as much as Humanity, Divinity has a history, and Weltgeschichte is both-in-one: no wonder Franz Rosenzweig complained that Hegel could say, but not think, the word Und, “and,” and that Rosenzweig’s own Star of Redemption begins with “God und World und Man,” all three separate.

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