Metaphysics of the Profane: The Political Theology of Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem

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byEric Jacobson

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Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem are regarded as two of the most famous and influential Jewish thinkers and writers of the twentieth century, and their late work is well-known. The importance of the intense intellectual partnership they forged in the years between the First World War and 1923, however, is less appreciated and understood. This is the first book to make the works of this untranslated and unpublished early period -- including Benjamin's and Scholem's ideas on messianism, language, divine justice, and the quest for a philosophy of Judaism -- accessible to a wider audience.

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Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem are regarded as two of the most famous and influential Jewish thinkers and writers of the twentieth century, and their late work is well-known. The importance of the intense intellectual partnership they forged in the years between the First World War and 1923, however, is less appreciated and unders...

Eric Jacobson is Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies and chair of Theology and Religious Studies at Roehampton University London.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231501536

ISBN - 13:9780231501538

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Table of Contents

I Messianism
1. The Messianic Idea in Walter Benjamin's Early Writings
2. Gershom Scholem's Theological Politics
II On the Origins of Language and the True Names of Things
3. On the Origins of Language
4. Gershom Scholem and the Name of God
III Justice and Redemption
5. Prophetic Justice
6. Judgment, Violence, and Redemption

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Jacobson's work is focused on the early political and theological concepts of both authors from the years 1915-1923, seeking to reconstruct Benjamin's and Scholem's early discussions on politics and theology.... These ideas, which the authors established together in an early phase, were central for both their later thinking and were to have a tremendous impact on contemporary philosophy and Jewish studies in this century.