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Fackenheim's Jewish Philosophy: An Introduction

Workshop/Book Launch for faculty and graduate students with

Michael L. Morgan, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Philosphy and Jewish Studies, Indiana University
Ben Pollock, Department of Religion, Michigan State University

Friday, February 14, 2014
12 noon
Ballantine Hall 004

Download the chapter for discussion here.

This workshop will be a book launch for Professor Morgan's Fackenheim's Jewish Philosophy: An Introduction (University of Toronto Press 2013). 

Emil L. Fackenheim, one of the most significant Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century, is best known for his deep and rich engagement with the implications of the Nazi Holocaust on Jewish thought, Christian theology, and philosophy. However, his career as a philosopher and theologian began two decades prior to his first efforts to confront that horrific event. In this book, renowned Fackenheim expert Michael L. Morgan offers the first examination of the full scope of Fackenheim’s 60-year career, beyond simply his work on the Holocaust.

Fackenheim’s Jewish Philosophy explores the most important themes of Fackenheim’s philosophical and religious thought and how these remained central, if not always in immutable ways, over his entire career. Morgan also provides insight into Fackenheim’s indebtedness to Kant, Hegel, and rabbinic midrash, as well as the changing character of his philosophical “voice.” The work concludes with a chapter evaluating Fackenheim’s legacy for present and future Jewish philosophy and philosophy more generally.