AI25 Franz Rosenzweig's "Star of Redemption"

Written during the First World War, Franz Rosenzweig’s "Star of Redemption" is one of the greatest works produced by any German Jewish thinker. Rosenzweig later made explicit that he had intended to produce a system of philosophy fulfilling the ambition of the German Idealist philosopher Schelling to develop a “narrative philosophy” of human life, and he was also one of the first to note that Schelling’s work was closely related to the Kabbalah of the Ari, Rabbi Isaac Luria. We now know that Schelling was acquainted with kabbalistic texts both in translation and in the original. What must the narrative of a human life involve? What do past, present, and future mean in this context? What can Judaism contribute to these questions? We will consider these issues by working through texts by Kant, Schelling, and Rosenzweig, with reference to Lurianic writings.

  • Course Specifications
  • Type: Compulsory
  • Lesson type: Lecture
  • Hours: 28 (5 credits)
  • Requirement: 1 essay
  • Instructor: Prof. PAUL FRANKS
  • Course Readings 1
  • Franz Rosenzweig, The Star of Redemption (HR&W, 1971)