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Thought going to school with life? Fackenheim’s last philosophical testament

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Fackenheim declares, for philosophy after the Holocaust "the going-to-school of thought with this life is not a temporary necessity but permanent". The author addresses the questions through an interpretation of the note card Fackenheim clipped into his personal copy of To Mend the World. He suggests that a concern with the question of the relationship between thought and life pervades Fackenheim's thought from his earliest work on Hegel up through what we might designate, with a touch of drama, as this his last philosophical testament. Fackenheim's own philosophical preoccupation with the question of relationship between thought and life can be traced back to his early work. Fackenheim here defines what he means by resisting thinking quite precisely: it is that thinking which ignores neither the reality of Holocaust, the fact that what was inconceivable really happened, nor the truth that what happened in the Holocaust was radically evil.

Keywords: Fackenheim's thought; Holocaust; philosophical testament; To Mend the World



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