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Jewish Philosophical Politics in Germany, 1789–1848
Sven-Erik Rose

The Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry

2014 • 400 pp. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Jewish Studies / Political Philosophy / German History

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-579-4
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-578-7

$37.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-580-0

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“Rose’s rethinking of the intellectual origins and legacy of Wissenschaft des Judentums and his sympathetic and incisive elucidation of early nineteenth-century German Jewish Kantianism, Hegelianism and Spinozism deserve only praise.”   —AJS Review

A provocative look at how Jewish intellectuals thought about Jewish religion and existence within a German philosophical tradition

In this book Rose illuminates the extraordinary creativity of Jewish intellectuals as they reevaluated Judaism with the tools of a German philosophical tradition fast emerging as central to modern intellectual life. While previous work emphasizes the “subversive” dimensions of German-Jewish thought or the “inner antisemitism” of the German philosophical tradition, Rose shows convincingly the tremendous resources German philosophy offered contemporary Jews for thinking about the place of Jews in the wider polity. Offering a fundamental reevaluation of seminal figures and key texts, Rose emphasizes the productive encounter between Jewish intellectuals and German philosophy. He brings to light both the complexity and the ambivalence of reflecting on Jewish identity and politics from within a German tradition that invested tremendous faith in the political efficacy of philosophical thought itself.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Rose has written an excellent study—deeply engaged, knowledgeable, and provocative—a study that goes some way to redefining the terms by which one might comprehend the relationship between Jews and German idealist and post-idealist philosophy.”—Monatshefte

“Rose offers a fundamental reevaluation of seminal figures and key texts, and he does so by blending careful and rigorous close reading with an equally conscientious attention to historical and philosophical context.  Indeed, in terms of the rigor of its arguments and the ease and elegance with which Rose moves between interpretations of texts by Jewish intellectuals and equally trenchant analysis of texts by their interlocutors in the German philosophical tradition, this book is truly without peers.”—Jonathan Hess, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Winner of the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award, philosophy and thought category

SVEN-ERIK ROSE is associate professor of German, University of California, Davis.

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