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Language and Jewish renewal: Franz Rosenzweig's hermeneutic of citation


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Modem German-Jewish thinkers in the early twentieth century grappled with the dialectical tension between religious tradition and secularity and how this tension related to the phenomenology of tradition. In my dissertation, I examine how one of these thinkers, Franz Rosenzweig, spearheaded a movement, known as the New Thinking, that wanted to reintegrate divinity into Jewish culture. Rosenzweig understood Judaism to be a tradition built largely on unmarked, silent citation. For the second edition of his magnum opus, the Star of Redemption, he asked his research assistant, Nahum Glatzer, to prepare a list of Judaic sources that are woven, without quotation marks, into the book. Rosenzweig called this method of citation Musivstil and traced it to the medieval Jewish poet Jehuda Halevi, whom Rosenzweig had translated into German. In fact, Rosenzweig stated that the notes to his translation contained instructive examples of the practical application of his so-called New Thinking. I contend that Rosenzweig's philosophy of dialogue is based on this hermeneutical methodology. My overall goal is to understand the relation between what I have defined as Rosenzweig's hermeneutic of citation and his revalorizing of Jewish tradition, and how language—more specifically, how people quote—plays a role in shaping religious traditions.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Journalism;
Philosophy;
Judaic studies
Classification
0391: Journalism
0422: Philosophy
0751: Judaic studies
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Citation; Hermeneutics; Jewish; Language; New Thinking; Renewal; Rosenzweig, Franz
Title
Language and Jewish renewal: Franz Rosenzweig's hermeneutic of citation
Author
Sax, Benjamin Elliot
Number of pages
329
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0330
Source
DAI-A 69/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549568261
Advisor
Mendes-Flohr, Paul
University/institution
The University of Chicago
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3309103
ProQuest document ID
304407634
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304407634
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