By Ned Curthoys
Comparing the liberal Jewish ethics of the German-Jewish philosophers Ernst Cassirer and Hannah Arendt, this publication argues that either espoused a diasporic, worldly notion of Jewish identification that was once anchored in a pluralist and politically engaged interpretation of Jewish historical past and an abiding curiosity within the complicated lived fact of contemporary Jews. Arendt's indebtedness to liberal Jewish thinkers comparable to Moses Mendelssohn, Abraham Geiger, Hermann Cohen, and Ernst Cassirer has been obscured by means of her modernist posture and caustic critique of the assimilationism of her German-Jewish forebears. via reorienting our belief of Arendt as a profoundly secular philosopher anchored in 20th century political debates, we're ended in reconsider the philosophical, political, and moral legacy of liberal Jewish discourse.
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