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Franz 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 Details

ISBN: 9780674921191
ISBN-10: 0674921194
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 178mm x 8mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States

Reviews

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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