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The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought$
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Willi Goetschel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823244966

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823244966.001.0001

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Hellenes, Nazarenes, and Other Jews: Heine the Fool

Hellenes, Nazarenes, and Other Jews: Heine the Fool

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(p.21) Two Hellenes, Nazarenes, and Other Jews: Heine the Fool
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The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought
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Willi Goetschel

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823244966.003.0002

This chapter examines the role of Heinrich Heine in the project of rethinking the problem of the distinction between Hellenes and Nazarenes, Greeks and Jews, and, as a consequence, between philosophy and Jewish philosophy. It explains that Heine traced the origins of philosophy to the Bible's King Solomon and challenged the unquestioned exemplarity of Greek culture as a paradigm for modernity by reimagining the origins of philosophy and poetry in Jewish tradition. This chapter also considers the views of Matthew Arnold and Friedrich Nietzsche about the typological distinction between the Hellene and the Hebrew.

Keywords:   Heinrich Heine, Hellenes, Nazarenes, Greeks, Jews, Jewish philosophy, King Solomon, Greek culture, Matthew Arnold, Friedrich Nietzsche

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