Franz Rosenzweig's Conversions

Franz Rosenzweig's Conversions : World Denial and World Redemption

3.5 (2 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day
When will my order arrive?


Franz Rosenzweig's near-conversion to Christianity in the summer of 1913 and his subsequent decision three months later to recommit himself to Judaism is one of the foundational narratives of modern Jewish thought. In this new account of events, Benjamin Pollock suggests that what lay at the heart of Rosenzweig's religious crisis was not a struggle between faith and reason, but skepticism about the world and hope for personal salvation. A close examination of this important time in Rosenzweig's life, the book also sheds light on the full trajectory of his philosophical development.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 282 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 24mm | 380g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253013127
  • 9780253013125
  • 1,252,509

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction: Explaining Rosenzweig's Near-Conversion and Return
1. Revelation and World-Skepticism: Rosenzweig's Early Marcionism
2. Christian "World Activity" and the Historical Reconciliation of Soul and World: Rosenzweig's (Near-) Conversion
3. "Ich bleibe also Jude": Judaism, Redemption, and the World
4. World Denial and World Redemption in The Star of Redemption
Conclusion: Life and Thought Revisited
show more

Review quote

[E]xcellent . . . .spring 2016 * Jewish Review of Books * [Pollock's] book is a welcome contribution that helps us better appreciate Rosenzweig's engagement with Marcionism and its role in the development of his thought. * H-Judaic * This work sheds a new and compelling light on the trajectory of Rosenzweig's thought and is highly

recommended to undergraduates, graduates, and scholars of Jewish studies. * Religious Studies Review * The book's scholarship . . . sets the proper tone in understanding the personal searching, frustration, and successful merging of religion and philosophy of the celebrated author of The Star of Redemption. . . . Recommended. * Choice *
show more

About Benjamin Pollock

Benjamin Pollock is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University.
show more

Rating details

2 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 0% (0)
4 50% (1)
3 50% (1)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X