ROSENZWEIG AND THE COHEN-B UBER DISPUTE ON ZIONISM

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Abstract

The article deals with Rosenzweig's reaction to the Cohen-Buber diatribe on Zionism in 1916. Rosenzweig did not take sides in the heated debate between Cohen and Buber. He disliked the entire dispute. He brought the debate to a more fundamental level : Jews had to preserve the prophetic vision, in Zion as well as in the Diaspora. His reflections focused upon the Messianic goal of Zionists and anti-Zionists. In this way, his inclusive and critical perspective bridged between both sides. He shared Cohen's criticism on Zionism as a mere « episode » of national happiness. Concomitantly, he asked the question : what about a Zionism that refuses mere national happiness ? The present article shows Cohen's profound influence on Rosenzweig.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-96
Number of pages14
JournalArchivio di Filosofia
Volume88
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Messianism
  • Zionism
  • anti-Zionism
  • prophets

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy

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