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Redemption and Utopia: Jewish Libertarian Thought in Central Europe: A… (edition 2017)

by Michael Löwy (Autore)

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Towards the end of the 19th century, there appeared in Central Europe a generation of Jewish intellectuals whose work was to mark modern culture. Drawing at once on the traditions of German Romanticism and Jewish messianism, their thought was organized around the cabbalistic idea of the 'tikkoun'- redemption. Redemption and Utopia uses the concept of 'elective affinity' to explain the surprising community of spirit that existed between redemptive messianic religious thought and the wide variety of radical secular utopian beliefs held by this important group of intellectuals. The author outlines the circumstances that produced this unusual combination of religious and non-religious thought and illuminates the common assumptions that united such seemingly disparate figures as Martin Buber, Kafka, Walter Benjamin and Georg Lukacs.… (more)
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Title:Redemption and Utopia: Jewish Libertarian Thought in Central Europe: A Study in Elective Affinity
Authors:Michael Löwy (Autore)
Info:Verso Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 276 pages
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Redemption and Utopia: Jewish Libertarian Thought in Central Europe (Radical Thinkers) by Michael Löwy

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Towards the end of the 19th century, there appeared in Central Europe a generation of Jewish intellectuals whose work was to mark modern culture. Drawing at once on the traditions of German Romanticism and Jewish messianism, their thought was organized around the cabbalistic idea of the 'tikkoun'- redemption. Redemption and Utopia uses the concept of 'elective affinity' to explain the surprising community of spirit that existed between redemptive messianic religious thought and the wide variety of radical secular utopian beliefs held by this important group of intellectuals. The author outlines the circumstances that produced this unusual combination of religious and non-religious thought and illuminates the common assumptions that united such seemingly disparate figures as Martin Buber, Kafka, Walter Benjamin and Georg Lukacs.

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