<span class="smallCaps">six</span> Mendelssohn, Rosenzweig, and Political Theology: Beyond Sovereign Violence

Bruce Rosenstock

in Philosophy and the Jewish Question

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231294
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235520 | DOI:
six Mendelssohn, Rosenzweig, and Political Theology:             Beyond Sovereign Violence

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This chapter seeks to close the circle linking Franz Rosenzweig and Moses Mendelssohn. The prior chapters show that Rosenzweig broke through the 1800 edifice of German idealism by connecting with the new opening for revelation's entrance into history. Rosenzweig returned to the sources of revelation's breakthrough into history, and hoped to restore their messianic potential by connecting these sources with a new understanding of the Hebrew Bible as the revealed Word of God, and of the Jewish people as the living expression of this word in time. What Rosenzweig accomplishes is, in this way, a release of the voice of Mendelssohn's Jerusalem from its silencing at the hands of Friedrich Jacobi, Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Immanuel Kant, and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. However, as this chapter shows, Rosenzweig left behind Mendelssohn's dream of a democratic sociality that would join revelation and the life of the state.

Keywords: Franz Rosenzweig; Moses Mendelssohn; idealism; revelation; Friedrich Jacobi; Karl Leonhard Reinhold; Immanuel Kant; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Hebrew Bible; sociality

Chapter.  13556 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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