By Ernest Rubinstein
Analyzing romanticism within the considered Jewish thinker, Franz Rosenzweig, this ebook compares his magnum opus, The celebrity of Redemption, with Leo Baeck's essay, "Romantic Religion," and Friedrich Schelling's Philosophy of artwork, texts representing targeted and, to a wide volume, adversarial interpretations of romanticism.
Rosenzweig's inspiration was once formed through highbrow histories: Germany's and Judaism's. simply because romanticism had one of these certain influence on smooth German writing and suggestion, it turns into a query even if, and to what quantity, Rosenzweig, too, was once a romantic. a part of the strength of the query derives from the tensions occasionally famous among Jewish and romantic worldviews. during this ebook, writer Ernest Rubinstein indicates The superstar of Redemption to be alongside the spectrum of rules that extends among Baeck and Schelling, and therefore illustrates a certified romanticism.
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For one reading of The Star of Redemption is of a progressive 32 An Episode of Jewish Romanticism movement away from chaos into closure and fixity. The goal of the book is to construct the fixed figure of the six-pointed star of redemption out of, first, a chaos of unrelated elements, and then a chaos of unfixed relations. Had Rosenzweig left us midway through his book, the star he had constructed might as easily have been a star of creation or revelation. It becomes the star of redemption because, by the end of the second part of the book, the element of God, which constitutes one tip of the star, and which hitherto had rotated helplessly with the other two elements, world and human, is fixed at the top.
But these reworked quotations are a mere whetting of the appetite for a reading of Rosenzweig as Baeckian romantic. As each concept emerges, let us trace its counterpart in The Star of Redemption. Then we will have offered as complete a reading as possible of Rosenzweig through the lens of Baeckian romanticism. 36 An Episode of Jewish Romanticism Romantic Redemption "Everything in romanticism leads back to subjective experience" (RR 220). So experience is the heart concept of romanticism. The experience Baeck has in mind is extreme.
In "The New Thinking," Rosenzweig identifies "die Klassizitaet des klassischen Altertums,"7 (the classicicity of classical antiquity) with the isolated self-enclosure of the three elements of experience-God, human, world-as they appear in the first part of his The Star of Redemption. It is just the seeming finish of their elementarity that is classical. And in "Apologetic Thinking," he implies that it is precisely the serene finish of the Essence of Judaism that expresses its classicicity. Its form shows nothing of its surely turbulent origins in Baeck's indignant response to Harnack's depiction of Judaism in the Essence of Christianity.