Into Life - Franz Rosenzweig on Knowledge, Aesthetics, and Politics

Into Life - Franz Rosenzweig on Knowledge, Aesthetics, and Politics
Activity Date: 
Sunday, Jan 8, 2017 to Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017

The international conference Into Life. Franz Rosenzweig on Knowledge, Aesthetics and Politics addressed the twofold question regarding the universal relevance of the philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig for the 21st century. Established academics and younger scholars from all over the world gathered in Jerusalem between the 8. and the 10. of January 2017 and discussed on Rosenzweig’s epistemology, aesthetic theory and political/ethical thought. Cass Fisher discussed the relevance of Rosenzweig’s thought for the contemporary discussions in the field of Jewish theology. Netanel Kupfer critically examined Rosenzweig’s application of Herman Cohen’s philosophical method, whereas Benjamin Pollock compared Rosenzweig’s and Wittgenstein’s philosophy of ordinary language. Roy Amir pointed at the ultimate importance of Herman Cohen’s Kulturfaktum for Rosenzweig’s endeavor, while Elliot Wolfson, intriguingly brought Heidegger and Rosenzweig in an unexpected proximity. On the second day Anne Eusterschulte compared Rosenzweig’s and Walter Benjamin’s accounts of the relation between artistic activity historical struggle, while Christoph Kasten reconstructed the debate between Rosenzweig, Martin Buber and Siegfried Kracauer on the relevance and the meaning of their new German translation of the Bible. Antonios Kalatzis reconstructed the systematic relevance of the concept of love for Rosenzweig’s philosophical system and his comparison between religious and artistic calling. Gesine Palmer exhibited Rosenzweig’s intertwining between Jewish identity and universal philosophical method(s), whereas Bruce Rosenstock compared religion and cinema as Rosenzweig’s and Stanley Cavell’s redemptive instances respectively. On the third day Yosef Schwartz contextualized and relativized Rosenzweig’s mature account of Islam, while Roberto Navarrete showed how Rosenzweig’s meta-political and meta-historical account of history should be understood as an answer to the Hegealian absolutization of history. Beate Ulrike La Sala reconstructed Rosenzweig’s transformation of Hermann Cohen’s religious and ethical thought, while Enrico Lucca, through the discovery of new archival material, exposed how the controversial figure of Oskar Goldberg became the plane for the debate on the unity of the Scripture between Rosenzweig, Martin Buber and Gerschom Scholem. Finally, Eveline Goodman-Thau in an overarching presentation depicted Rosenzweig’s relevance for the political debates on statehood of the 21st century.