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From Cult to Culture: Fragments Toward a Critique of Historical Reason (Cultural Memory in the Present)by Jacob Taubes
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After launching his career with the 1947 publication of his dissertation, Occidental Eschatology, Jacob Taubes spent the early years of his career as a fellow and then professor at various American institutions, including Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia. During his American years, he also gathered together a number of prominent thinkers at his weekly seminars on Jewish intellectual history. In the mid-60s, Taubes joined the faculty of the Free University in West Berlin, initially as the city's first Jewish Studies professor of the postwar period. But his work and interest expanded beyond the boundaries of the field of Jewish Studies to broader philosophical questions, particularly in the philosophy of religion. A charismatic speaker and a great polemicist, Taubes had a phenomenal ability to create interdisciplinary conversations in the humanities, engaging scholars from philosophy, literature, theology, and intellectual history. The essays presented here represent the fruit of conversations, conferences, and workshops that he organized over the course of his career.
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This collection of 22 essays from 1953-1983, translated from the German Vom Kult zur Kultur published in 1996, introduces Taubes (1923-1987) not only as West Berlin's first postwar Jewish studies professor as also as a leading interdisciplinary intellectual who had also taught at American universities. Fonrobert (religious studies, Stanford University) and Engel (German studies, Stanford) note that many of these provocative essays, on topics ranging from theology to surrealism, are responses to discussions. The title essay (1954) treats the nature of myth as viewed in Oskar Goldberg's Gnostic-like philosophy as vs. Freudian psychoanalytic interpretations. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The book is the English edition of a collection of essays by Jacob Taubes, one of the most creative and idiosyncratic philosophers of religion in Germany of the second half of the twentieth century.
About the Author
One of the great Jewish intellectuals of the twentieth century, Jacob Taubes (19231987) was a rabbi, philosopher of religion, and scholar of Judaism. Stanford published a translation of his Political Theology of Paul in 2004.
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