Against the Heteronomy of Halakhah: Hermann Cohen’s Implicit Rejection of Kant’s Critique of Judaism

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Abstract

Hermann Cohen (1842–1918) was arguably the only Jewish philosopher of modernity whose standing within the general philosophical developments of the West equals his enormous impact on Jewish thought. Cohen founded the influential Marburg school of Neo-Kantianism, the leading trend in German Kathederphilosophie in the second half of the nineteenth and the first decade of the twentieth century. Marburg Neo-Kantianism cultivated an overtly ethical, that is, anti-Marxist, and anti-materialist socialism that for Cohen increasingly concurred with his philosophical reading of messianic Judaism. Cohen’s Jewish philosophical theology, elaborated during the last decades of his life, culminated in his famous Religion of Reason out of the Sources of Judaism, published posthumously in 1919.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)*209-*189
Journalדיני ישראל
Volume32
StatePublished - 2018

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IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • Jewish law
  • Jewish law -- Philosophy
  • Jewish philosophy, Modern
  • Kant, Immanuel -- 1724-1804
  • Reform Judaism

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