Reason and Hope by Hermann; Cohen
Selections from the Jewish Writings of Hermann Cohen

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Hermann Cohen studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary at Breslau but gave up a rabbinical career to study philosophy. He devoted himself to the analysis of Platonic and Kantian idealism and became full professor at the University of Marburg at the age of 34. His personal philosophy placed ethics at the center of human experience. He later left Marburg to teach at the Hochschule fur die Wissenschaft des Judentums in Berlin. Although Cohen's early writings located the realm of ethics within autonomous human reason, his work in Berlin saw God as the foundation for any ethical system. In a career spanning nearly four decades of national leadership in the Hillel Foundation, Alfred Jospe (1909-1994) was a prolific author and editor. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Breslau (1932) and his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslau (1935), and emigrated to the United States in 1939. He was the author of dozens of articles and essays, and of an annotated English translation of Moses Mendelssohn's Jerusalem and Other Jewish Writings (1969).
Published January 1, 1971 by W. W. Norton. 237 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In the high-stakes field of translating the great 14th-century Italian poet Dante, for years the stellar prose efforts of John Sinclair (Oxford) and Charles Singleton (Princeton) ruled because they

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