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Rosenzweig's Religious Philosophy before the Challenge of Secularism / הפילוסופיה הדתית של פרנץ רוזנצווייג מול אתגר החילוניות
אליעזר שביד and Schweid E.
Daat: A Journal of Jewish Philosophy & Kabbalah / דעת: כתב-עת לפילוסופיה יהודית וקבלה
No. 6 (חורף תשמ"א), pp. 111-124
Published by: Bar Ilan University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24178737
Page Count: 14
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Franz Rosenzweig did not deal directly with the question of the confrontation between secular culture and religion. However, his system, in effect, does offer a solution to the spiritual-religious problem which arises from the crisis of secular culture. Idealistic philosophy appeared to Rosenzweig as an unsuccessful attempt of secular humanism to offer a substitute for religion. At the same time, Rosenzweig did not reject the ideals of secular humanism as they found expression in idealistic philosophy and in the poetic and esthetic oeuvre of modernity, especially as in the case of Goethe when seen as the embodiment of secularity in the mode of modern paganism. Rosenzweig's thinking aspires to restore religion to its former status as a formative factor affecting the entire scope of humanistic culture, without doing violence to it. However, it is a revealing fact that Rosenzweig relieved Judaism of this role while imposing it upon Christianity. The latter was supposed to cope with problems of political, social and economic existence while Judaism was elevated above contact with all these and enclosed within a temporal circle all of its own. The Christian dimension in the thought of Franz Rosenzweig gives expression to his active interest in political life albeit its lying beyond the pale of direct responsibility of the Jewish people. From this position one may understand his ambivalent stance vis a vis Zionism.
Daat: A Journal of Jewish Philosophy & Kabbalah / דעת: כתב-עת לפילוסופיה יהודית וקבלה © 1981 Bar Ilan University Press