The Critical Philosophy of Hermann Cohen

The Critical Philosophy of Hermann Cohen
A Book

by Andrea Poma

  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release : 1997-01-30
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9780791431863
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is a translation from the Italian of a study of the work of Hermann Cohen, a figure generally recognized as the most significant Jewish thinker of the past 100 years.

Hermann Cohen's Critical Idealism

Hermann Cohen's Critical Idealism
A Book

by Reinier W. Munk

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2006-07-19
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN : 1402040474
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hermann Cohen (1842-1918) is an original systematic thinker and representative of the Marburg School of Critical Idealism. The Marburg School was a leading school in German academic philosophy and in German Jewish philosophy for a period of over thirty years preceding the First World War. Initially standing at the front of the ‘Return to Kant’ movement, Cohen subsequently went beyond Kant in developing a system of critical idealism in which he offered a critique of and alternative to absolute idealism, positivism, and materialism. A critical idealist in heart and soul, Cohen is also recognized as a man who embodied German Jewish culture. Publications on Cohen in the English language are small in number and this volume aims to fill the gap. It offers an analysis of Cohen’s System of Philosophy - the three-volume classic on logic, ethics, and aesthetics - and his writings on Judaism and religion. The book highlights Cohen’s contributions in these fields, including his discussions with Maimonides, Leibniz, Kant, and Hegel. It demonstrates the congeniality of Cohen’s critical idealism as expounded in the System and his writings on Judaism, and offers an overview of contemporary Cohen research.

Yearning for Form and Other Essays on Hermann Cohen's Thought

Yearning for Form and Other Essays on Hermann Cohen's Thought
A Book

by Andrea Poma

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2006-06-29
  • Pages : 390
  • ISBN : 140203878X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hermann Cohen’s philosophy has now, finally, received the recognition it deserves. His thought undoubtedly has all the characteristics of a classic. It faced the great problems of philosophical tradition, with full critical awareness and at the same time, with the capacity to open up new, original routes. It represents one of the last expressions of great systematic thought. The papers collected in this volume deal with different aspects of Cohen’s thought, ethical, political, aesthetic and religious aspectsin particular. However they all represent attempts to follow the ubiquitous presence of certain important themes in Cohen and their capacity for containing meanings that cannot be limited to a single philosophical sphere: themes that are keys to reading unity of inspiration in his thought, which is more deeply imbedded than the exterior architectural unity of his work. The search for the fundamental themes behind Cohen is an important task, if we wish to see this philosopher as a present-day vital point of reference.

The Critical Philosophy of Hermann Cohen

The Critical Philosophy of Hermann Cohen
A Book

by Andrea Poma

  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release : 1997-01-01
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9780791431856
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is a translation from the Italian of a study of the work of Hermann Cohen, a figure generally recognized as the most significant Jewish thinker of the past 100 years.

The Tragedy of Optimism

The Tragedy of Optimism
Writings on Hermann Cohen

by Steven S. Schwarzschild

  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release : 2018-01-29
  • Pages : 334
  • ISBN : 1438468350
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Complete collection of Schwarzschild’s essays on the neo-Kantian Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen. Steven S. Schwarzschild (1924–1989) was arguably the leading expositor of German-Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen (1842–1918), undertaking a lifelong effort to reintroduce Cohen’s thought into contemporary philosophical discourse. In The Tragedy of Optimism, George Y. Kohler brings together all of Schwarzschild’s work on Cohen for the first time. Schwarzschild’s readings of Cohen are unique and profound; he was conversant with both worlds that shaped Cohen’s thought, neo-Kantian German idealism and Jewish theology. The collection covers a wide range of subjects, from ethics, socialism, the concept of human selfhood, and the mathematics of the infinite to more explicitly Jewish themes. This volume includes two of Schwarzschild’s previously unpublished manuscripts and a scholarly introduction by Kohler. Schwarzschild shows that despite its seeming defeat by events of the twentieth century, Cohen’s optimism about human progress is a rational, indeed necessary, path to peace. “The Tragedy of Optimism gives us excellent—perhaps unparalleled—insight into the thought of Hermann Cohen. Although Cohen was one of the most important thinkers in the history of Jewish philosophy, he is often misread or simply ignored. Schwarzschild shows in painstaking fashion why the standard criticisms of Cohen miss the point. What emerges is a picture of Cohen as a more sophisticated thinker than what we usually get in histories of the period.” — Kenneth Seeskin, author of Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy

Hermann Cohen and the Crisis of Liberalism

Hermann Cohen and the Crisis of Liberalism
The Enchantment of the Public Sphere

by Paul Egan Nahme

  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release : 2019-03-28
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN : 0253039789
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hermann Cohen (1842–1918) is often held to be one of the most important Jewish philosophers of the nineteenth century. Paul E. Nahme, in this new consideration of Cohen, liberalism, and religion, emphasizes the idea of enchantment, or the faith in and commitment to ideas, reason, and critique—the animating spirits that move society forward. Nahme views Cohen through the lenses of the crises of Imperial Germany—the rise of antisemitism, nationalism, and secularization—to come to a greater understanding of liberalism, its Protestant and Jewish roots, and the spirits of modernity and tradition that form its foundation. Nahme's philosophical and historical retelling of the story of Cohen and his spiritual investment in liberal theology present a strong argument for religious pluralism and public reason in a world rife with populism, identity politics, and conspiracy theories.

Reason and Hope

Reason and Hope
Selections from the Jewish Writings of Hermann Cohen

by Hermann Cohen

  • Publisher : Wayne State University Press
  • Release : 1993
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9780878202119
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hermann Cohen's writings on Judaism constitute a landmark in the history of modern religious thought. Cohen (1842-1918) taught first at Marburg University and then at the Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums in Berlin. Renowned originally as the founder and most prominent representative of the so-called neo-Kantian school of philosophy (or, as he called it, critical idealism), Cohen gradually came to see a close affinity between the ideas and ideals of the Jewish prophets and those of classical Greek and German idealism, a spiritual kinship he stressed throughout his later years. Although he was not conventionally religious, Cohen repeatedly stressed his belief in Judaism's "absolute" monotheism, a religion based equally on faith and reason and grounded in the concept of One God. The contents of this anthology have been culled from Cohen's Jewish Writings, a three-volume collection of essays and addresses published posthumously in 1924 in Berlin.

From Critical to Prophetic Idealism

From Critical to Prophetic Idealism
Ethics, Law, and Religion in the Philosophy of Hermann Cohen

by Paul Nahme

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2013
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hermann Cohen

Hermann Cohen
An Intellectual Biography

by Frederick C. Beiser

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2018-10-04
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 0192563238
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book is the first complete intellectual biography of Hermann Cohen (1842-1918) and the only work to cover all his major philosophical and Jewish writings. Frederick C. Beiser pays special attention to all phases of Cohen's intellectual development, its breaks and its continuities, throughout seven decades. The guiding goal behind Cohen's intellectual career, he argues, was the development of a radical rationalism, one committed to defending the rights of unending enquiry and unlimited criticism. Cohen's philosophy was therefore an attempt to defend and revive the Enlightenment belief in the authority of reason; his critical idealism an attempt to justify this belief and to establish a purely rational worldview. According to this interpretation, Cohen's thought is resolutely opposed to any form of irrationalism or mysticism because these would impose arbitrary and artificial limits on criticism and enquiry. It is therefore critical of those interpretations which see Cohen's philosophy as a species of proto-existentialism (Rosenzweig) or Jewish mysticism (Adelmann and Köhnke). Hermann Cohen: An Intellectual Biography attempts to unify the two sides of Cohen's thought, his philosophy and his Judaism. Maintaining that Cohen's Judaism was not a limit to his radical rationalism but a consistent development of it, Beiser contends that his religion was one of reason. He concludes that most critical interpretations have failed to appreciate the philosophical depth and sophistication of his Judaism, a religion which committed the believer to the unending search for truth and the striving to achieve the cosmopolitan ideals of reason.

Hermann Cohen's Critical Idealism

Hermann Cohen's Critical Idealism
A Book

by Reinier W. Munk

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2005-12-21
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN : 9781402040467
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hermann Cohen (1842-1918) is an original systematic thinker and representative of the Marburg School of Critical Idealism. The Marburg School was a leading school in German academic philosophy and in German Jewish philosophy for a period of over thirty years preceding the First World War. Initially standing at the front of the ‘Return to Kant’ movement, Cohen subsequently went beyond Kant in developing a system of critical idealism in which he offered a critique of and alternative to absolute idealism, positivism, and materialism. A critical idealist in heart and soul, Cohen is also recognized as a man who embodied German Jewish culture. Publications on Cohen in the English language are small in number and this volume aims to fill the gap. It offers an analysis of Cohen’s System of Philosophy - the three-volume classic on logic, ethics, and aesthetics - and his writings on Judaism and religion. The book highlights Cohen’s contributions in these fields, including his discussions with Maimonides, Leibniz, Kant, and Hegel. It demonstrates the congeniality of Cohen’s critical idealism as expounded in the System and his writings on Judaism, and offers an overview of contemporary Cohen research.

The Idea of Atonement in the Philosophy of Hermann Cohen

The Idea of Atonement in the Philosophy of Hermann Cohen
A Book

by Michael Zank

  • Publisher : Scholars Press
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 535
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Zank (Boston U.) reappraises the work of German Judaic scholar Cohen (1842-1918) and aligns him with the tasks of Jewish philosophy first taken up in the period of Jewish-Muslim philosophical symbiosis. He considers his position between Judaism and philosophy; atonement in his project of renewing the Jewish philosophy of religion and ethics; and substance, self-consciousness, and concrete subjectivity. He developed the study from his 1994 doctoral dissertation for Brandeis University. He substitutes a detailed table of contents for an index. Distributed in the US by the Society of Biblical Literature. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

The National Element in Hermann Cohen's Philosophy and Religion

The National Element in Hermann Cohen's Philosophy and Religion
A Book

by Hartwig Wiedebach

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 2012-07-05
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN : 9004232605
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hermann Cohen was a Jewish-German thinker with a passion for philosophy. Two forms of national engagement influenced his philosophical system and his Jewish thought: a cultural-political 'Germanness' (Deutschtum) and a religious Judaism beyond the political.

Hermann Cohen's Ethics

Hermann Cohen's Ethics
A Book

by Robert Gibbs

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 2006-07-01
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 904741067X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Through explorations of Hermann Cohen’s Ethics of Pure Will, an international set of scholars opens questions both about the text itself and about the relation of ethics and the Jewish tradition. Originally published as Volume 13 (2005) of The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy.

Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe

Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe
A Book

by Matthew Charles

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2019-12-12
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1350013951
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Widely regarded as one of the foremost cultural critics of the last century, Walter Benjamin's relation to Modernism has largely been understood in the context of his reception of the aesthetic theories of Early German Romanticism and his associated interest in avant-garde Surrealism. But this Romantic understanding only gives half the picture. Running through Benjamin's thought is also a critique of Romanticism, developed in conjunction with a positive engagement with the philosophical, artistic and historical writings of J. W. von Goethe. In demonstrating the significance of these Goethean elements, this book challenges the dominant understanding of Benjamin's philosophy as essentially Romantic and instead proposes that Goethe's Classicism, conceived as the counterpoint to Romanticism, permits a corrective to the latter's deficiencies. Benjamin's Modernist concept of criticism, it is argued, is constituted in the movement between these polarities of Romanticism and Classicism. Conversely, placing Goethe's Classicism in relation to Benjamin's practice of literary criticism reveals historical tensions with Romanticism that constitute the untimely – indeed, it will be argued, cinematic – Modernism of his work. Adopting a transcritical approach, this book alternates between Benjamin and Goethe in relation to the experiences of colour, language and technology, assembling a constellation of philosophical and artistic figures between them, including the writings of Kant, Nietzsche, Cohen, Deleuze, Koselleck, Klages, and the work of Grünewald, Marées, Klee, Turner, Hulme, Eisenstein, Tretyakov, and Murnau.

Cadenzas

Cadenzas
Philosophical Notes for Postmodernism

by Andrea Poma

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2017-04-24
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN : 3319528122
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book examines the concepts behind a philosophical project on postmodernism: the social and cultural condition of our time, the age of the achieved capitalism. It proposes an original theory of postmodern humanism based on the absence of form and describes the development of philosophical thought as a musical “cadenza” that produces meaning in the empty space between the past of the modern and the future of the postmodern. The book focuses on three main postmodernist themes: the denial of identity and the assertion of the differences, the shattered subject, and the absence of teleology in history and politics.

Hermann Cohen and the Crisis of Liberalism

Hermann Cohen and the Crisis of Liberalism
The Enchantment of the Public Sphere

by Paul E. Nahme

  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release : 2019-03-28
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN : 0253039770
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A fresh look at a nineteenth-century Jewish philosopher whose theology offers a beacon in an illiberal twenty-first century world: “Recommended.” —Choice Hermann Cohen is often held to be one of the most important Jewish philosophers of the nineteenth century. Paul E. Nahme, in this new consideration of Cohen, liberalism, and religion, emphasizes the idea of enchantment, or the faith in and commitment to ideas, reason, and critique—the animating spirits that move society forward. Nahme views Cohen through the lenses of the crises of Imperial Germany—the rise of antisemitism, nationalism, and secularization—to come to a greater understanding of liberalism, its Protestant and Jewish roots, and the spirits of modernity and tradition that form its foundation. Nahme’s philosophical and historical retelling of the story of Cohen and his spiritual investment in liberal theology present a strong argument for religious pluralism and public reason in a world rife with populism, identity politics, and conspiracy theories.

Yearning for Form and Other Essays on Hermann Cohen's Thought

Yearning for Form and Other Essays on Hermann Cohen's Thought
A Book

by Andrea Poma

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2006-02-20
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN : 9781402038778
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A collection of papers, this volume deals with different aspects of Cohen's thought, ethical, political, aesthetic, and religious aspects in particular. It represents attempts to follow the ubiquitous presence of certain important themes in Cohen and their capacity for containing meanings that cannot be limited to a single philosophical sphere.

Ethics Out of Law

Ethics Out of Law
Hermann Cohen and the “Neighbor”

by Dana Hollander

  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release : 2021-06-17
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN : 1487506244
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is the first book in English to lay out the philosophical ethics and philosophy of law of Hermann Cohen, one of the leading figures in both Neo-Kantian and Jewish philosophy.

Transcendental Inquiry

Transcendental Inquiry
Its History, Methods and Critiques

by Halla Kim,Steven Hoeltzel

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2017-01-04
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN : 3319407155
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book provides a close examination of Kant’s and Fichte’s idealisms, as well as the positions of their predecessors and successors, in order to isolate and evaluate various essential elements of transcendental inquiry. The authors examine Kant’s and Fichte’s contributions to transcendental idealism, transcendental arguments as a distinctive form of reasoning, and the metaphysically more ambitious forms of idealism developed by philosophers such as Schelling, Hegel, and Cohen. The book also addresses some of the most acute criticisms levelled against transcendental philosophy and explores more recent developments of the transcendental approach in the form of contemporary discourse ethics, especially as represented by Habermas and Apel. The authors also explore the contributions of a number of other important philosophers, including Husserl, Heidegger, Løgstrup, Peirce, and Putnam.

Holiness in Jewish Thought

Holiness in Jewish Thought
A Book

by Alan L. Mittleman

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2018-01-26
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 0192516523
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Holiness is a challenge for contemporary Jewish thought. The concept of holiness is crucial to religious discourse in general and to Jewish discourse in particular. "Holiness" seems to express an important feature of religious thought and of religious ways of life. Yet the concept is ill defined. This collection explores what concepts of holiness were operative in different periods of Jewish history and bodies of Jewish literature and offers preliminary reflections on their theological and philosophical import today. The contributors illumine some of the major episodes concerning holiness in the development of the Jewish tradition. They are challenged to think about the problems and potential implicit in Judaic concepts of holiness, to make them explicit, and to try to retrieve the concepts for contemporary theological and philosophical reflection. Not all of the contributors push into philosophical and theological territory, but they all provide resources for the reader to do so. Holiness is elusive but it need not be opaque. This volume makes Jewish concepts of holiness lucid, accessible, and intellectually engaging.