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Heidegger and Jewish Thought

Difficult Others

Edited by Elad Lapidot and Micha Brumlik

Part of the series New Heidegger Research

Publication Date: Nov 2017

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Once a prophet of critical, “other” thought, Heidegger has now for many become the epitome of the unthinkable, in the light of the Black Notebooks controversy. The unthinkable here is anti-Semitism. The encounter between Heidegger and the Jews has thus come to signify – very much in the spirit of Heidegger’s own anti-Judaism – the end of thought. The present volume resists this view by positing not only Heidegger but also the Jewish people as representing thought. The encounter between Heidegger and various traditions of Jewish thought is conceived here as a conversation inter alia, an exchange between real or perceived “others”: others to the philosophical tradition, to mainstream modernity, to Western Christian metaphysics, to each other, and even to themselves. The conversation takes shape in this volume as a symposium of seventeen essays by leading scholars both of Heidegger’s philosophy and of Jewish Studies.
Introduction / Part I. Heidegger Against the Jews / 1. Heidegger’s Metaphysical Anti-Semitism: Being or Jew?, Donatella Di Cesare / 2. Heidegger and Marx. A Phantasmatic Dialectics, Peter Trawny / 3. Built on Sand. Heidegger’s Topological Anti-Semitism, Luca Di Blasi / 4. Heidegger's Anti-Biblical Thought, Micha Brumlik / 5. ‘Whitewashed with Moralism’: On Heidegger’s Anti-Americanism and Anti-
Semitism, Gregory Fried / Part II. Jewish Reception of Heidegger / 6. Heidegger and Jewish Thought: Patterns of Resemblance and Misunderstanding, Dieter Thomä / 7. “The Strongest Influence on my Work was Heidegger“: Hans Jonas, Thinking as a Response to his Philosophical Teacher, Christian Wiese / 8. Den Anderen Denken – Being, Time and the Other in Emmanuel Lévinas and Martin Heidegger, Eveline Goodman-Thau / 9. Heidegger as a Secularized Kierkegaard: Buber and Bergmann Read Sein und Zeit / 10. Heidegger's Anti-Semitism and Heidegger's Jews, Babette Babich / Part III. Heideggerian and Jewish Thought / 11. Heidegger’s Seyn/Nichts and the Kabbalistic Ein Sof: A Study in Comparative Metaontology, Elliot Wolfson / 12. How Else Can One Think Earth? The Talmuds and Pre-Socratics, Sergey Dolgopolski / 13. History of Forgetfulness: the Oblivion of Dialogue vs. Oblivion of Being in Martin Buber’s and Martin Heidegger’s Philosophy, Yemima Hadad / 14. Beyond Apocalypse, Joseph Cohen and Raphael Zagury-Orly / 15. "...Prophetically Man Dwells...", Michael Fagenblat / 16. People of Knowers. On Heideggerian and Jewish Epistemico-Politics, Elad Lapidot / Index
“Difficult otherness” is how Elad Lapidot names and frames the chasm, the aggrieved juxtaposition of these two names, markers of traditions, and “figures of thought”: Heidegger, the Jews. The expert scholars here assembled have collectively taken on the arduous and audacious task of looking into the abyss, this difficult alterity, reading and measuring it, exploring it, contesting or even bridging it. A remarkable and indispensable achievement.
Gil Anidjar, Professor in the Departments of Religion, the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS), Columbia University
Micha Brumlik is professor emeritus at the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main and senior professor at the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg.

Elad Lapidot is a lecturer and researcher at the Freie Universitat Berlin and the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg. He is the author of Etre sans mot dire (2010).

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