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Introduction

Daniel H. Weiss

in Paradox and the Prophets

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895908
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949854 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895908.003.0000
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This chapter begins by examining previous readings of Cohen’s Religion of Reason, differentiating among the various competing “camps” of interpreters and distinguishing them from the present thesis of this project. It then explores the continuing contemporary philosophical significance of Cohen’s book and highlights connections between philosophical content, on the one hand, and philosophical form and style, on the other, between the “what” and the “how” of philosophical writing. Cohen’s book is then situated within its intellectual-historical context: its relation to German philosophy and neo-Kantianism; its relation to Jewish religious thought; the development and change in Cohen’s own thought over the course of his life; and the reception of Religion of Reason after Cohen’s death. Finally, the chapter lays out the thesis and methodological assumptions of this study, and points toward ways in which Cohen’s thought could give rise to further philosophical and religious explorations in the future.

Keywords: interpreters; content; contemporary; style; intellectual-historical; German; Jewish; Neo-Kantianism; methodological; philosophy

Chapter.  15563 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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