Ethics Out of Law: Hermann Cohen and the “Neighbor”

By Dana Hollander

© 2021

Hermann Cohen (1842–1918) was a leading figure in the Neo-Kantian philosophical movement that dominated European thought before 1918. He was also an inaugural figure in modern Jewish philosophy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This book explores Cohen’s striking claim that ethics is rooted in law – a claim developed both in his philosophical ethics and his philosophy of Judaism, in particular in his writings on "love-of-neighbor," up to and including his well-known Religion of Reason.

Dana Hollander proposes that neither Cohen’s systematic philosophy nor his "Jewish" philosophy should be seen as the dominant framework for his oeuvre as a whole, but that his understanding of key philosophical questions takes shape in the passages between both corpuses, a trait that could be seen as paradigmatic for modern Jewish philosophy. Ethics Out of Law taps into one of the prime topics of current interest in the field of Jewish philosophy: the nature of Jewish political existence and the changing configurations of "law" that this entails.

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This is the first book in English to lay out the philosophical ethics and philosophy of law of Hermann Cohen, one of the leading figures in both Neo-Kantian and Jewish philosophy.

Ethics Out of Law: Hermann Cohen and the “Neighbor”

By Dana Hollander

© 2021

Hermann Cohen (1842–1918) was a leading figure in the Neo-Kantian philosophical movement that dominated European thought before 1918. He was also an inaugural figure in modern Jewish philosophy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This book explores Cohen’s striking claim that ethics is rooted in law – a claim developed both in his philosophical ethics and his philosophy of Judaism, in particular in his writings on "love-of-neighbor," up to and including his well-known Religion of Reason.

Dana Hollander proposes that neither Cohen’s systematic philosophy nor his "Jewish" philosophy should be seen as the dominant framework for his oeuvre as a whole, but that his understanding of key philosophical questions takes shape in the passages between both corpuses, a trait that could be seen as paradigmatic for modern Jewish philosophy. Ethics Out of Law taps into one of the prime topics of current interest in the field of Jewish philosophy: the nature of Jewish political existence and the changing configurations of "law" that this entails.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Dana Hollander is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    1. Cohen’s “Methodistic” Founding of Ethics in Legal Science: Generation of the Legal Person

    2. “For the Idea of Law [Gesetz] He Substitutes Morality”: Understanding Law in Cohen’s Ethik, with Help from the Early Strauss

    3. Philosophico-Political Theology as Method: From Strauss’s Philosophy and Law to Cohen’s “Philosophy of Jewish Religion”

    4. Isolation and Universalism: Cohen’s New Messianic Politics of Jewish Law

    5. Against “Affective Expansiveness”: Cohen’s Critique of Stammler’s Theory of “Right Law”

    6. The “Neighbor” as an Institution of Law (Recht), from the Ethik to the “Jewish Writings”

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