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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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A House of One's Own? University, Particularity, and the Jewish House of Learning

A House of One's Own? University, Particularity, and the Jewish House of Learning

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(p.83) Five A House of One's Own? University, Particularity, and the Jewish House of Learning
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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/9780823244966.003.0005

This chapter examines the role of the Jewish House of Learning in nurturing the career of Jewish philosophers who were not accepted in the university. It explains that the House of Learning was founded by Franz Rosenzweig not as an alternative but as a critical supplement to the university. This chapter argues that while some Jews gained admission to the universities, they were at best tolerated but only insofar as they committed to a seamless assimilation to the social and cultural expectations of the traditional ways of life at the university. The chapter also describes how the problem of the university's exclusionary stance on Jewish studies played itself out institutionally.

Keywords:   Jewish House of Learning, Jewish philosophers, university, Franz Rosenzweig, assimilation, Jewish studies

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