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Oskar Goldberg was an important and controversial figure in Weimar Germany. He challenged the rising racial conception of the state and claimed that the Jewish people were on a metaphysical mission to defeat race-based statism. He attracted the attention of his contemporaries--Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, Thomas Mann, and Carl Schmitt, among others--with the argument that ancient Israel's sacrificial rituals held the key to overcoming the tyranny of technology in the modern world. Bruce Rosenstock offers a sympathetic but critical philosophical portrait of Goldberg and puts him into conversation with Jewish and political figures that circulated in his cultural environment. Rosenstock reveals Goldberg as a deeply imaginative and broad-minded thinker who drew on biology, mathematics, Kabbalah, and his interests in ghost photography to account for the origin of the earth. Caricatured as a Jewish proto-fascist in his day, Goldberg's views of the tyranny of technology, biopolitics, and the "new vitalism" remain relevant to this day.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxxvi
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  1. 1. Hans Driesch and the Revival of Naturphilosophie
  2. pp. 1-41
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  1. 2. Georg Cantor and the Mathematics of God
  2. pp. 42-75
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  1. 3. Goldberg’s Ontology and Unger’s Politics and Metaphysics
  2. pp. 76-118
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  1. 4. The Reality of the Hebrews and YHWH’s Battle for the Earth
  2. pp. 119-161
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  1. 5. Gershom Scholem, Oskar Goldberg, and the Meaning of Jewish History
  2. pp. 162-203
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  1. Conclusion: Ghosts and the Vitalist Imagination
  2. pp. 204-234
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  1. Appendix I: Thomas Mann’s Critique of The Reality of the Hebrews
  2. pp. 235-240
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  1. Appendix II: Franz Joseph Molitor’s Philosophie der Geschichte and Oskar Goldberg’s Kabbalah Interpretation
  2. pp. 241-252
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 253-266
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253030160
Related ISBN
9780253029706
MARC Record
OCLC
1003193383
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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