Workshop: From Ionia to Jena. Franz Rosenzweig and the History of Philosophy


September 5th:

"Franz Rosenzweig’s approach toward the history of philosophy was, if anything, profoundly ambivalent. No other thinker has so often declared the end of the classical metaphysics, from Parmenides to Hegel and from Ionia to Jena, and, simultaneously, drawn so much from the history of philosophy for his own philosophical project. Kant’s critical philosophy, Schelling’s conception of radical temporality, Hegel’s dialectical method, Schopenhauer’s discovery of the individual within the philosophical system, Nietzsche’s critique of religion, Kierkegaard’s paradox and Hermann Cohen’s philosophy of correlation are just few examples from the history of philosophy, which Rosenzweig builds on and integrates in his own system. What is the common ground that allows Rosenzweig to unify this vast variety of philosophical insights? Is this unification a consistent one, or is Rosenzweig’s philosophy an eclectic conglomerate of diverse philosophical ideas? Furthermore, is Rosenzweig’s close connection to the history of philosophy an element that holds him from a radical break from his predecessors, or does he ultimately manage to integrate it in a truly new and groundbreaking framework?

In our workshop we will explore the dialogue between one of the most innovative thinkers of the first half of the 20th century and his philosophical references. We will seek to identify these references and examine how they are being redefined within Rosenzweig’s philosophical project.In short, the workshop will investigate the individual who draws from all these various influences, and the thinker behind the individual who systematizes all these influences anew."