By Else-Rahel Freund (auth.)
The megastar of Redemption, * which offers Franz Rosenzweig's approach of philosophy, starts with the sentence "from loss of life, (vom Tode) , from the terror of dying, originates all cognition of the All" and concludes with the phrases "into lifestyles. " This starting and this end of the ebook symbolize greater than the 1st and final phrases of philosophical books frequently do. Taken jointly - "from dying into lifestyles" - they include the complete which means of Rosenzweig's philosophy. The leitmotif of this philosophy is the existence and dying of the person and never the I of philosophical idealism, the place guy finally indicates "for ethics" not more than" . . . some extent to which it (ethics) relates its difficulties, as for technological know-how additionally he (man) is barely a specific case of its normal legislation. "l Rosenzweig bargains with the individual's real life, that that is termi nated by means of demise; he speaks of the individual's hic et nunc, of his activities and judgements within the realm of concrete fact. This philosophy isn't really an exposition of theoretical rules. it isn't all for guy ordinarily in summary time, yet relatively with the person individual, exact via a formal identify, residing in his specific time. ** Human life in its finiteness and temporalness kinds the point of interest during which Rosenzweig's motif might be collected together.
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Extra resources for Franz Rosenzweig’s Philosophy of Existence: An Analysis of The Star of Redemption
If the transition from negative to positive philosophy is to be accomplished, there is a need for "a practical stimulus. Thinking, however, contains nothing practical. The concept is merely contemplative and is interested only in the necessary, while here it is a question ofthat which is outside necessity, that which is willed. The I ... knows how at the basis of all moral action lies the falling away (Abfall) from God ... making the life of the I problematic, so that it will enjoy neither peace not quiet until this breach is healed.
1935). Hereafter referred to as Brie/e. ** Cf. , Judaism Despite Christianity (Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1968). 50 ROSENZWEIG BEFORE AND AFTER THE STAR OF REDEMPTION presented with the objectivity and coherence of the published work which confronts its author, demands examination and verification and then is presented standing on its own to the reading public. Rather, his thoughts appear in inchoate form as personal and sometimes contradictory expressions of a tete-a-tete with the respective correspondents, an exchange dependent on the moment, on moods, on friendship or aversion with respect to other individuals, whether they be those to whom the letters are addressed or those who are discussed.
Of a great and abiding restoration ... which ... however ... must be preceded by the merciless destruction of all that has become decayed, brittle and defective. There must be an end to this struggle, however, for there can not be endless progress, that is, progress without purpose and meaning. "b It is concern of philosophy to draw attention to this aim. , II, 3, p. 87. , II, 3, p. 7. , II, 3, p. 10. POSITIVE PHILOSOPHY task not of a weak philosophy but of a strong philosophy, one that can stand up to life, one that "far from feeling helpless in the face of life and its colossal reality ...