Emil Fackenheim was one of the most philosophically serious, knowledgeable, and provocative contemporary Jewish thinkers. His original focus as a philosophical theologian was mainly on revelation, but in his later work he concerned himself primarily with the wideranging implications of the Holocaust. In this book, Kenneth Hart Green examines Fackenheim’s intellectual trajectory and traces how and why he focused so intently on the Holocaust. He explores the deeper thought that Fackenheim developed about the Holocaust, which he construed as a cataclysmic event that ruptured history and one that also brought about a change in the very structure of Being. As Green demonstrates, the Holocaust, according to Fackenheim’s interpretation, changes how we view all things, from God to man to history. It also radically affects Judaism, Christianity, and philosophy, the major traditions that have shaped the Western world.
Kenneth Hart Green is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. A scholar of Jewish thought, he is the author of numerous journal articles and books, most recently Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides.
This book launch will be conducted via Zoom. To attend, please click THIS LINK at 4:00pm on Monday, November 29th.
Edward and Belle Freid Memorial Lecture, Elizabeth and Tony Comper Holocaust Education Fund, Co-sponsored by the Department for the Study of Religion