The philosopher as witness: Fackenheim and responses to the Holocaust

Michael L. Morgan*, Benjamin Pollock

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Responses to Fackenheim's reflections on the centrality of the Holocaust to philosophy, Jewish thought, and contemporary experience. Emil Fackenheim (1916-2003), one of the most important Jewish philosophers of the twentieth century, called on the world at large not only to bear witness to the Holocaust as an unprecedented assault on Judaism and on humanity, but also to recognize that the question of what it means to philosophize-indeed, what it means to be human-must be raised anew in its wake. The Philosopher as Witness begins with two recent essays written by Fackenheim himself and includes responses to the questions that Fackenheim posed to philosophy, Judaism, and humanity after the Holocaust. The contributors to this book dare to extend that questioning through a critical examination of Fackenheim's own thought and through an exploration of some of the ramifications of his work for fields of study and realms of religious life that transcend his own.

Original languageAmerican English
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages238
ISBN (Print)0791474550, 9780791474556
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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