Is there a God an sich? Isaac Breuer on Kant's noumena

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Several scholars have noted the affinity of the German Orthodox thinker Isaac Breuer (1883-1946) for the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. In fact, legend has it that Breuer had two large pictures hanging over the desk in his study: one of his grandfather Samson Raphael Hirsch and, next to it, a picture of the philosopher from Königsberg, as if in perfect harmony. Just as Maimonides, eight hundred years earlier, had tried to reconcile the biblical Moses with Aristotle in the Guide of the Perplexed, Breuer attempted to explain Hirsch's theology using Kantian terminology. But if Maimonides interpreted the Torah of Moses to fit the needs of Aristotelian metaphysics, Breuer did the opposite: he had Kant's epistemology yield to the needs of his own interpretation of the Torah.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-139
Number of pages19
JournalAJS Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


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