From Ionia to Jena


The international workshop “From Ionia to Jena” Franz Rosenzweig and the History of Philosophy, organized by the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Research Program “Imaginatio” (Project B03), hosted at the Philosophy Department of the Freie Universität Berlin, focused on the relation between the work of Franz Rosenzweig and his reception of the history of philosophy, broadly understood. After Ruth HaCohen’s (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) overarching introduction and the surprising demonstration of the deep connection between Rosenzweig’s reception of philosophy and of music, a diverse group of scholars, from graduate students to senior professors, and from Israel and Germany, to U.S. and Greece addressed various aspects related to the topic of the workshop.

Benjamin Pollock (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) depicted how Schelling’s adaptation of the Kantian doctrine of the postulates of Practical Reason was appropriated and further transformed in Rosenzweig’s mature work. Orr Scharf’s (Open University of Israel) paper delivered a refreshing perspective on the relation between Rosenzweig’s major works, the Hegel und der Statt and the Stern der Erlösung and exhibited how the former can be understood as internally connected to the latter, on the basis of Rosenzweig’s insight that personal biography and philosophical stance are immanently connected. Antonios Kalatzis (Martin Buber Society of Fellows/Hebrew University of Jerusalem) delineated how Hegel and Rosenzweig inherited the same problems that emerged from F.H. Jacobi’s critique of Kant, contrasted their argumentative methods, and stressed their common strategic use of the history of philosophy. Beate Ulrike La Sala (Freie Universität Berlin) showed how Rosenzweig’s political thought crystalized itself through an alternative reading of Spinoza to the one suggested by Hermann Cohen. Ynon Wygoda (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) related Rosenzweig’s philosophy of translation to other relevant theories and exposed the unity between Rosenzweig’s own rationale and his understanding of traditional sources, regarding the everlasting task of re-translating the Bible. Finally, Anne Eusterschulte (Freie Universität Berlin) displayed how central themes in Rosenzweig’s philosophy, such as the temporality, the materiality and the individuality of speech thinking are at the same time highly innovative, while belonging to a tradition of thought that stems from J.G. Hamann.