Exemplarity and Chosenness: Rosenzweig and Derrida on the Nation of Philosophy (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Exemplarity and Chosenness: Rosenzweig and Derrida on the Nation of Philosophy (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Dana Hollander


Exemplarity and Chosenness is a mixed learn of the philosophies of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) and Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) that explores the query: How could we account for the potential of philosophy, of universalism in pondering, with out denying that every one pondering can be idiomatic and specific? The publication lines Derrida's curiosity during this subject, quite emphasizing his paintings on "philosophical nationality" and his perception that philosophy is challenged in a unique approach via its specific "national" instantiations and that, conversely, discourses invoking a nationality contain a philosophical ambition, a declare to being "exemplary." Taking as its cue Derrida's readings of German-Jewish authors and his ongoing curiosity in questions of Jewishness, this e-book pairs his philosophy with that of Franz Rosenzweig, who constructed a concept of Judaism for which election is key and who understood chosenness in an "exemplarist" experience as constitutive of human individuality in addition to of the Jews' position in common human history.

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