By Eric Jacobson
Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem are considered as of the main influential Jewish thinkers of the 20 th century. jointly they produced a dynamic physique of rules that has had a long-lasting impression at the examine of faith, philosophy, and literary criticism.
Drawing from Benjamin's and Scholem's principles on messianism, language, and divine justice, this e-book lines the highbrow alternate throughout the early a long time of the 20 th century―from Berlin, Bern, and Munich within the throws of warfare and revolution to Scholem's departure for Palestine in 1923. It starts off with an in depth examining of Benjamin's early writings and a research of Scholem's theological politics, via an exam of Benjamin's proposals on language and the impact those principles had on Scholem's scholarship on Jewish mysticism. From there the e-book turns to their principles on divine justice―from Benjamin's critique of unique sin and violence to Scholem's software of the types to the prophets and Bolshevism. Metaphysics of the Profane is the 1st publication to make this early interval on hand to a much broader viewers, revealing the complicated constitution of this early highbrow partnership on politics and theology.