The Historian and the Messianic “Now”

Bettina Bergo

in Saintly Influence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230877
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235612 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Historian and the Messianic “Now”

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This chapter engages in a detailed exposition of Wyschogrod's text to enrich the theme of influence. It considers what Benjamin called the “secret appointment” between lost generations, which in Wyschogrod's work calls the historian to a remembrance in the midst of the cataclysm, in order to highlight a fragile hope for the future by interruption. It conducts a careful reading of Wyschogrod's text, specifically her analysis of the Kantian sublime and its Levinasian complement, to give expression to a “principle of hope” that funds her ethics of remembering in terms of a weak messianic force.

Keywords: Edith Wyschogrod; influence; historian; remembrance; hope

Chapter.  7314 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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