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Modernity and the Final Aim of History: The Debate over Judaism from Kant to the Young Hegelians (International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées) [Paperback]

F. Tomasoni
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December 9, 2010 9048164117 978-9048164110 Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2003

This book is intended for scholars and students in humanities, history, Jewish studies, philosophy, Christian theology, and for those concerned with the roots of anti-Semitism and with the need for toleration and intercultural pluralism. The book combines the development of German philosophy from the Enlightenment to Idealism, and from Idealism to the revolutionary turning-point of the mid-nineteenth century with the Jewish question.

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  • Series: International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées (Book 187)
  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2003 edition (December 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9048164117
  • ISBN-13: 978-9048164110
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,994,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Coming Out of the Religious Enlightenment November 21, 2008
Sorry to explode your myth, but the Enlightenment was not a secular phenomenon that "discovered freedom" or justice or all the democratic values we have grown to love. This book is an excellent addition to the study of the religious roots of the Enlightenment brought to the attention of scholars by David Sorkin's work "Moses Mendelssohn and the Religious Enlightenment" published in 1996. Francesco Tomasoni, the author, first published this work in Italian in 1999. Take a good look at the table of contents before you judge his book. A philosophy of history cannot ignore the history of great ideas, and great ideas are not born on an isolated island. They are born in the intellectual conversations of thinkers living during times of philosophical ferment where many cultural and religious forces intersect, both public and private. Great ideas such as emancipation, toleration, were discussed alongside the issues of religious faith and the destiny of nations or civilization. Secular humanism and even atheism cannot ignore the Judeo-Christian heritage in which they were conceived. In fact, the tragic rift in Jewish-Christian relations and the failure of Jewish messianism in Europe were contributing factors to their emergence as non-religious options. In hindsight, the impact - good or bad - of the intercourse of ideas during the Modern Period on our contemporary postmodern history cannot be denied, and it constantly needs to be evaluated within its context. This is so we may appraise rightly where those ideas found their origins and what their original intent was. Only then we can eliminate our historical prejudices and broaden the scope of our historical understanding. I especially recommend those interested in researching the "religious enlightenment" deeper to also read the two most recent 2008 publications, David Sorkin's "The Religious Enlightenment: Protestants, Jews, and Catholics from London to Vienna" and Michael Allen Gillespie's "The Theological Origins of Modernity."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cashing in October 27, 2004
Any product that is an an expansion and extension of what Norman G. Finkelstein calls the Holocaust Industry, which is turn has created new markets for intellectual consumibles, can be welcomed with a mixture of interest and healthy scepticism.

The market for such consumibles in the USA and in a still guilt laden German market makes it worthwhile for the continuous production of artefacts, that, whilst not necessarily shedding any new light on old problems, do oil the wheels of the economy.

Best regards,

Martyn Jones

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