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<span class="smallCaps">seven</span> Beyond 1800: An Immigrant Rosenzweig

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823231294.003.0008
seven Beyond 1800: An Immigrant Rosenzweig

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This chapter describes an “immigrant Franz Rosenzweig,” who enters into conversation with two thinkers, Hannah Arendt and Stanley Cavell, who embrace America as promising a new form of democratic life that, in every generation, calls upon a people to reimagine and rededicate themselves to the covenant of “We the people.” Besides reading America through a biblical lens of a sociality based upon (re)covenanting, Arendt and Cavell share many of Rosenzweig's concerns: in particular, taking philosophy out of its academic professionalization and reconnecting philosophy with the “extraordinariness of ordinary life.” The chapter argues, that this immigrant Rosenzweig might learn to shed his Hegelian view of the state as a superindividual that legitimates itself through violence. The chapter shows that Arendt's notion of natality, is advanced precisely to counter this Hegelian view of the political as grounded in violence, a view that was most forcefully articulated in the work of Carl Schmitt.

Keywords: Franz Rosenzweig; Hannah Arendt; Stanley Cavell; America; democracy; covenant; philosophy; violence; natality; Carl Schmitt

Chapter.  14348 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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