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I, You, We: Community and Redemption in Rosenzweig

  • Michael L. Morgan EMAIL logo
From the journal Naharaim


In the early decades of the twentieth century, the concept of community (Gemeinschaft) was associated with an ideal society or polity; a host of figures conceived of redemption as the creation and development of community. In this paper, I briefly discuss how this ideal was appropriated by Martin Buber and how genuine community came to mean, for him, a society organized in terms of a collection of I-Thou oriented relationships. I then consider how the same ideal might help us to understand the social and historical ideal which Franz Rosenzweig takes to be the redemptive ideal of Judaism and the Jewish people.

Corresponding author: Michael L. Morgan, PhD, Department of Philosophy, Indiana University Bloomington, 026 Sycamore Hall, 47405-7000, Bloomington, IL, USA; and Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, E-mail:

Published Online: 2020-11-24
Published in Print: 2020-12-16

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