Reading Maimonides' Philosophy in 19th Century Germany

Reading Maimonides' Philosophy in 19th Century Germany

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This book investigates the re-discovery of Maimonidesa€™ Guide of the Perplexed by the Wissenschaft des Judentums movement in Germany of the nineteenth and beginning twentieth Germany. Since this movement is inseparably connected with religious reforms that took place at about the same time, it shall be demonstrated how the Reform Movement in Judaism used the Guide for its own agenda of historizing, rationalizing and finally turning Judaism into a philosophical enterprise of a€˜ethical monotheisma€™. The study follows the reception of Maimonidean thought, and the Guide specifically, through the nineteenth century, from the first beginnings of early reformers in 1810 and their reading of Maimonides to the development of a sophisticated reform-theology, based on Maimonides, in the writings of Hermann Cohen more then a hundred years later.... starting point for deeper research a€“ for example that the a€œstriking tensiona€ between Maimonides as an independent philosopher on the ... allegorical method in interpreting the Bible was a€œdiametrically opposed to the historical- philological method of modern ... See also the references to Cohen in Fritz Bambergera#39;s dissertation on Maimonides (1935). ... In this project, that he himself saw as 19 1 Introduction.

Title:Reading Maimonides' Philosophy in 19th Century Germany
Author: George Y. Kohler
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-05-03

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