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Judaism and the tragic vision: Emil Fackenheim on the problem of dirty hands

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The author finds the guideposts by looking for the first, relatively straightforward appearance in his earliest writings of three themes - Jewish tragic vision, demand for integration, and the failure of modern philosophy, especially Kant. Since Fackenheim's critique of Kant in the Akedah chapter will be centered on the moral status of the Akedah, we should note a strong connection in Fackenheim's mind from the start between the dirty hands dilemma of "unavoidable and inexcusable" and Abraham. In the early essays he has drawn on for Fackenheim's account of a tragic vision in Judaism there is also the apparently very different claim that man will at all times seek ultimate integration. The combination of "unavoidable and inexcusable" in Fackenheim's account of the vision, far from ratifying an easygoing willingness to invoke necessity to justify injustice, acts instead in the spirit of rabbinic injunction to "put a fence around the law'.

Keywords: Abraham; Emil Fackenheim; Jewish tragic vision; Judaism; Kant



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