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Dark Riddle - Hegel, Nietzsche and the Jews


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Preface. Part 1: Hegel and the Religion of Sublimity.

1. Hegel and his Predecessors.

2. The Young Hegel and the Spirit of Judaism.

3. Jena and the Phenomenology: A Telling Silence.

4. The Mature Hegel: The Sublime Makes its Appearance.

5. Sublimity is not Sublime: The Philosophy of Religion. .

6. Hegel and the Jews: A Never-Ending Story.

Part II: Nietzsche and the People of Israel.

7. Nietzsche and the Shadows of the Dead God.

8. The Anti-Anti-Semite.

9. Nietzsche and Ancient Judaism: The Antichrist.

10. Diaspora and Contemporary Jews.





About the Author

Yirmiyahu Yovel (born in 1935, Haifa) is an Israeli philosopher and public intellectual. He is Professor Emeritus of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the New School for Social Research in New York. Yovel has also been a political columnist in Israel and a frequent presence in the media. Yovel is a laureate of the Israel Prize in philosophy and officer of the French order of the Palme academique. His books were translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Hebrew, and Japanese.


"An original, masterful exploration of the philsophic significance of Judaism and the Jews in the thought of Hegel and Nietzsche. Yovel's study is not only a superb intellectual reconstruction: He also raises profound and disturbing questions about the legacy of the Enlightenment in confronting Judaism." Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

"Yirmiyahu Yovel's Dark Riddle is a well-crafted and much-needed contribution to three scholarly literatures: on Hegel, on Nietzsche,and on the situation and the perception of the Jewish people in nineteenth-century Europe. This book is engaging and fascinating reading for anyone who cares about the interplay of philosophical ideas with the events of modern history." Stephen Crites, Wesleyan University

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