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Judaism As An Evolving National-Spiritual Culture: The Thought Of R. Nachman Krochmal Based On Hegel’s Dialectical Idealism

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Toward the middle of the nineteenth century, Kant's philosophy would again become a primary rubric for formulating a contemporary continuation of Jewish identity on the philosophical plane. This chapter talks about the thought of R. Nachman Krochmal (1785-1840), who is considered by most of the Judaism scholars of this period to have been the most systematic and influential Jewish philosopher of the Enlightenment. It provides the proper background for understanding the special interest that Krochmal took in Hegel's philosophy, and his preference for it as a rubric for grappling in a scholarly and philosophical mode with the challenge of adaptation of Jews and Judaism to the modern age. The parallel between Maimonides' and Krochmal's respective philosophical models is also examined in detail.

Keywords: Hegel's philosophy; Jewish identity; Judaism scholars; Kant's philosophy; R. Nachman Krochmal



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