The Angel of History Hardback

Rosenzweig, Benjamin, Scholem

by Stephane Moses;

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The Angel of History

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In "The Angel of History", Moses looks at three Jewish philosophers - Franz Rosenzweig, Walter Benjamin, and Gershom Scholem - who formulated a new vision of history in 1920s Germany by moving away from the spirit of assimilation and the Enlightenment belief in humanity's inevitable progress. Instead, they imagined history as discontinuous, made of moments that form no totality but whose ruptures are both more significant - and more promising - than any apparent homogeneity. Their direct experience of the twentieth century's great upheavals led these three thinkers to abandon the old models of causality that had previously accounted for human experience, and their cultural and religious background allowed them to turn to the Jewish experience of history. Jewish messianism had always had to confront the experience of catastrophe, deception, and failure. Moses shows how this tradition informed a genuinely Jewish conception of history in which redemption may - or may not - occur at any moment, giving a new chance for hope by locating utopia in the heart of the present.

The Angel of History by Stephane Moses was published by Stanford University Press in December 2008. The ISBN for The Angel of History is 9780804741163.

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Details for The Angel of History

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherStanford University Press (December 2008)
Number of Pages208
Thickness16 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1901353
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