Jewish Redemptive Epistemologies, Hegelian Teshuvot: Soloveitchik, Rosenzweig and Kook

  • 1 Faculty of Theology, University of Bern, Länggassstrasse 51, Bern, Switzerland
Elad Lapidot
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  • Faculty of Theology, University of Bern, Länggassstrasse 51, Bern, 3012, Switzerland
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This paper consists in a reflection on the conceptual nerve center of Franz Rosenzweig’s thought and heritage that is the category of redemption as an epistemological category. The reflection is articulated through a comparative study of the redemptive epistemologies of three modern Jewish thinkers: Franz Rosenzweig, Rabbi Yoseph Dov Soloveitchik and HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook. The comparison arises from a basic feature that this paper identifies as common to all three modern visions of epistemic Jewish redemption: they all feature Hegelian interpretations of the traditional Jewish category of teshuva.

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Naharaim is a peer-reviewed journal of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It is devoted to current research in philosophical, literary, and historical aspects of German-Jewish culture. The contributions are mainly in German or English.