Understanding the Sick and the Healthy
A View of World, Man and God
By (author) Franz Rosenzweig
Translated by Nahum N. Glatzer
Introduction by Nahum N. Glatzer
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Understanding the Sick and the Healthy by Franz Rosenzweig
Book DescriptionFranz Rosenzweig, one of the century's great Jewish thinkers, wrote his gem of a book in 1921 as a more accessible precis of his famous "Star of Redemption." An elegant introduction to Rosenzweig's "new thinking," "Understanding the Sick and the Healthy" was written for a lay audience and takes the form of an ironic narrative about convalescence. With superb simplicity and beauty, it puts forth an important critique of the nineteenth-century German Idealist philosophical tradition and expresses a powerful vision of Jewish religion. Harvard's Hilary Putnam provides a new introduction to this classic work for a contemporary audience."Today, more than three-quarters of a century after it was written, the critique of philosophy in this book is what makes it of such great interest. Critique of philosophy has been a central theme of twentieth-century philosophy, and many philosophers have attacked some of the targets that Rosenzweig attacked in his little book. Yet this early attack by a profound religious thinker is far more powerful and far more interesting than most."--From the new introduction by Hilary Putnam
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674921191
(229mm x 178mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Franz Rosenzweig
Cultural Writings of Franz Rosenzweig, Paperback (April 2000)
These essays offer a glimpse into the cultural and social dimensions of Franz Rosenzweig's thought - an aspect of his philosophy that has too often been ignored by an over-emphasis on his status as a religious thinker.
God, Man and the World, Paperback (December 1998)
Based on the author's lectures at the Judisches Freies Lehrhaus, these essays include notes for a group of lectures of 1920, "Faith and Knowledge", followed by a three-part lecture series of 1922, "The Science of God", "The Science of Man", and "The Science of World".
New Thinking, Paperback (November 1998)» View all books by Franz Rosenzweig
Here are the principal texts for which Franz Rosenzweig initiated the project that would become "The Star of Redemption". The book, with contributions from both editors, should provide a useful guide for those seeking an introduction to Rosenzweig's ideas.
US Kirkus Review » Subtitled A View of the World, Man and God, this is a parody by a German Jewish philosopher who achieved some recognition in the late nineteen tens and twenties- mainly for his major work The Star of Redemption. Understanding the Sick and Healthy is relatively short, was written in 1921 and has never before been published. In medical terms it is, as its introduction states, an attack on the old speculative, conceptual philosophies which tend to reduce reality to the perceiving self and try to uncover "essentials". As an adherent of this way of thought, the patient is struck with a paralysis and goes to a sanitorium surrounded with three symbolic mountains- the World, Man and God. There he comes to the realization that only through common sense- by using his five senses fully- can he relate these three ultimate parts of reality. An interesting facet of German philosophy. Medically it seems dated. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Franz Rosenzweig
Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) taught philosophy at the University of Frankfurt and is the author of Hegel and the State and The Star of Redemption.
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